Thursday, August 03, 2006

"Some Israeli Attacks Amount to War Crimes" - Human Rights Watch on Lebanese casualties

From the latest HUMAN RIGHTS WATCH report:

Israeli forces have systematically failed to distinguish between combatants and civilians in their military campaign against Hezbollah in Lebanon, Human Rights Watch said in report released today. The pattern of attacks in more than 20 cases investigated by Human Rights Watch researchers in Lebanon indicates that the failures cannot be dismissed as mere accidents and cannot be blamed on wrongful Hezbollah practices. In some cases, these attacks constitute war crimes.

Hezbollah fighters must not hide behind civilians – that's an absolute – but the image that Israel has promoted of such shielding as the cause of so high a civilian death toll is wrong. In the many cases of civilian deaths examined by Human Rights Watch, the location of Hezbollah troops and arms had nothing to do with the deaths because there was no Hezbollah around.

To keep up with Israeli operations, you have to read their (tightly censored) newspapers. Or even better, watch CNN.

Today the Israelis claimed that their "classic commando operation" (cute terminology for "deadly assault in a civilian area") on the Hospital in Baalbeck was "successful". They successfully managed to capture 5 men (time will tell they have nothing to do with Hezbollah) and kill 14 other defenceless civilians, including women and children (source: L'ORIENT-LEJOUR). Of course they were all labeled as "Hezbollah terrorists" by the Israeli press (Ynetnews.com).

These are some pictures of the "terrorists" killed in Baalbeck:





(pictures stolen from www.albaladonline.com)

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