Saturday, August 05, 2006

Human Rights Watch says Hezbollah comitting war crimes by firing into civilian areas

You won't see it it the Main Steam media, but Human Rights Watch actually accused Hezbollah of committing war crimes. Pigs do fly sometimes...

"Lobbing rockets blindly into civilian areas is without doubt a war crime," said Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. "Nothing can justify this assault on the most fundamental standards for sparing civilians the hazards of war."

"Hezbollah must stop using the excuse of Israeli misconduct to justify its own," said Roth.

The group's website had these tidbits:

"Most of the attacks appear to have been directed at civilian areas and have hit pedestrians, hospitals, schools, homes and businesses."

"Northern Israel has come to a virtual standstill because of Hizbullah's rockets, which are exacting an enormous human and economic toll."

"Under international humanitarian law - also known as the laws of war - parties to an armed conflict must not make the civilian population the object of attack, or fire indiscriminately into civilian areas. Nor can they launch attacks that they know will cause incidental loss of civilian life, injury to civilians or damage to civilian objects that exceeds the concrete and direct military advantage anticipated. Such attacks constitute war crimes."

"Several medical and educational institutes have sustained damage from Katyusha attacks." According to the site, Human Rights Watch researchers visited hospitals in Nahariya and Safed after they were hit.

At Nahariya Hospital, rockets had been landing near the hospital since July 12, a hospital spokesperson said. "There are no military bases around here; nothing military at all," he said. "I believe they know perfectly well they are firing at a hospital."

"In the absence of troops or military assets inside, hospitals must never be attacked," Human Rights Watch said. "Deliberately attacking them is a war crime."


Anonymous said...

Great picture, Bobzilla - Where did you find it?

Rosey said...

Who knew? I'll have be more careful in the future about saying, "When pigs fly!"