HRW Finds Gaza Groups May Be Guilty of Warcrimes

Human Rights Watch (HRW) said Thursday that Palestinian terrorist organizations’ deadly rocket and mortar attacks on Israeli cities during a May confrontation in and around Gaza constituted war crimes.

The New York-based rights organization looked into Gaza-based attacks that killed 12 Israeli citizens and injured hundreds more.

According to the group, rockets that misfired or missed their target killed or injured “an indeterminate number of Palestinians in Gaza,” with at least seven Palestinian civilians murdered.

The rockets were launched during an 11-day confrontation in which Israel bombarded Gaza with airstrikes, and terrorists in the blockaded territory launched over 4,000 missiles into Israel.

Israeli strikes killed 260 people in Gaza, including militants, while 13 people were killed in Israel by Gaza weapons, including a soldier.

HRW said that under international humanitarian law, or the laws of war, warring parties might only attack military objectives.

“Launching such rockets to attack civilian areas is a war crime,” the group added.

The group urged the International Criminal Court to “unlawful Palestinian rocket strikes on Israel, as well as unlawful Israeli attacks in Gaza.”

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