Human Rights Watch Says Rocket Attacks From Gaza Were War Crimes
Rockets are launched toward Israel from Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip, controlled by the Palestinian Hamas movement, on May 12, 2021. (Said Khatib/AFP via Getty Images)

Human Rights Watch Says Rocket Attacks From Gaza Were War Crimes

Deadly rocket attacks on civilian communities in southern Israel from Gaza, some of which fell short and struck civilian areas of northern Gaza, amount to war crimes, according to the NGO Human Rights Watch. The attacks during the May cross-border conflict left 13 civilians dead in Israel and injured dozens, and “an undetermined number of Palestinians in Gaza,” according to a report released on Thursday by HRW. The group called on Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, to “stop unlawful rocket attacks toward Israeli population centers.” HRW noted that both the Palestinians and Israel’s rarely investigate their alleged war crimes, making the current investigation of May’s conflict by the International Criminal Court that much more important. “Palestinian armed groups during the May fighting flagrantly violated the laws-of-war prohibition on indiscriminate attacks by launching thousands of unguided rockets towards Israeli cities,” said Eric Goldstein, acting Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “The failure of both Hamas authorities and the Israeli government to provide accountability for alleged war crimes by their forces highlights the essential role of the International Criminal Court.”

 

 

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