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Israel violated laws of war in eight-day attacks on Gaza: HRW

ghaza genocideA Palestinian man carries the dead body of a child from the al-Dallu family out from the rubble after an Israeli missile struck their home killing at least ten members of the same family in Gaza City on November 18, 2012.

The Human Rights Watch (HRW) says the Israeli Army committed clear violations of the laws of war during its recent eight-day attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip.

The charges came in a report which the rights organization published on Friday with regards to an Israeli airstrike on a residential building in Gaza on November 18, which killed at least 12 Palestinians, including women and children.

“Attacks in which the expected civilian loss exceeds the anticipated military gain are serious violations of the laws of war,” HRW said in the report.

The November 18 attack, targeting the home of an al-Dallu family, was Israel’s bloodiest assault in its eight-day offensive against the Gaza Strip. At the time, the Israeli military claimed that the strike had targeted a Hamas member responsible for firing rockets into Israel without saying whether he was inside the building belonging to the al-Dallu family.

As a result of the attack, ten members of the al-Dallu family along with two neighbors were killed. One of those killed was a low-ranking police officer.

“Israel needs to explain why it bombed this house filled with civilians,” said Fred Abrahams, a special adviser at HRW who conducted research in Gaza. “Anyone who violated the law should be appropriately punished.”

Over 160 Palestinians, including women and children, were killed and about 1,200 others were injured in the Israeli attacks on Gaza from November 14-21. In retaliation, Palestinian resistance fighters fired rockets and missiles into Israeli cities, killing at least five Israelis.

The violence ended after the Israeli regime and the Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, agreed to an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire.

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