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Jerusalem - Human Rights Group: Israeli Strike on Gaza Home Unlawful

Published on: December 7, 2012 08:22 AM
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Jerusalem - A leading human rights group on Friday accused Israel of violating the laws of war when it killed 12 civilians in an airstrike during its recent conflict with Palestinian militants in Gaza.

Israel’s army countered that Palestinian militants were to blame for hiding in civilian buildings.

Israel launched its air assault on Gaza last month to try to stop frequent rocket barrages at southern Israel. The conflict ended after eight days with an Egyptian-brokered truce.

During the fighting in mid-November, the Israeli air force attacked the home of the Daloo family in Gaza City, killing 10 family members - including women and children - and two other civilians.

A military spokesman initially said it was targeting a senior member of the Hamas armed wing, whom he identified as Yahia Abayah, but the military later announced the airstrike had killed Mohammed Daloo, calling him a Hamas militant.


Human Rights Watch said neither Abayah nor Daloo were listed as killed on the websites of Hamas and Islamic Jihad’s militant wings, which posts the names of its fighters killed in conflict.

The rights group said Daloo’s police commander said Daloo was a low-ranking civilian police officer serving in a unit that protects Gaza government figures and visiting officials, and was not a member of an armed group.

“Even if (the police officer) was a legitimate military target under the laws of war, the likelihood that the attack on a civilian home would have killed large numbers of civilians made it unlawfully disproportionate,” the Human Rights Watch said in a statement.

The group called on Israel to explain why it targeted a home full of civilians.

In a statement on Friday, Israel’s army said the Daloo home was a hideout for a senior Hamas militant involved in rocket attacks. It did not name the militant.

The army said it worked to minimize noncombatant casualties, making phone calls to Gaza residents warning them of airstrikes in the area, dropping leaflets from warplanes instructing them to get away from Hamas operatives and broadcasting warning messages on the radio.

It said it targeted only those sites associated with militant activity, based on Israeli intelligence collected for months. Civilians were never a target, it said.

“While the loss of life on both sides is regrettable, responsibility ultimately lies with terror operatives who render the civilian population a human shield by using civilian buildings as hideouts or weapon depots,” the army statement said.

In a separate incident, a fight broke out between Thursday between Palestinian police and Israeli soldiers in the West Bank city of Hebron, the military said. The incident was unusual because of the longstanding security coordination between Palestinian police and Israel’s army.

Hebron is divided into Israeli and Palestinian-controlled sections. More than 600 Jews, among the most hard-line in the West Bank, live there in heavily guarded enclaves in the middle of the city of about 170,000 Palestinians. There is nearly constant tension between the two sides.

According to Israeli media, Palestinian policemen tried to block Israeli soldiers from entering a part of Hebron, and when Israeli soldiers objected, the two sides began pushing each other.

The army said 250 Palestinians gathered and threw rocks toward the Israeli soldiers, who responded with what the army called “riot dispersal means,” not live fire.

The Israeli military said it is investigating the matter.

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 Dec 07, 2012 at 08:37 AM YidelfromBP Says:

Does the Human Rights Group also believe The Rocket that killed 3 people is against the Laws of war?


 Dec 07, 2012 at 08:47 AM shredready Says:

Cannot take the report seriously since they do not mention the missile fired into isreal


 Dec 07, 2012 at 09:05 AM DanielBarbaz Says:

The world has little tolerance for Jews defending themselves and fighting back. Too bad. Better a hated Israel tn a beloved Auschwitz.


 Dec 07, 2012 at 09:33 AM fat36 Says:

and rockets flying all over the place in israel..... i want to hit someone over the head with a hammer


 Dec 07, 2012 at 09:47 AM Rachel W. Says:

"Human Rights" Watch? What a farce! We didn't hear them protesting Israel's human rights when rockets were being consistently fired into Israeli civilian territories. Is it that they consider only Palestinians to be human? Go hide under a rock, Hypocritical Human Watch!


 Dec 07, 2012 at 09:53 AM shredready Says:

Reply to #3  
DanielBarbaz Says:

The world has little tolerance for Jews defending themselves and fighting back. Too bad. Better a hated Israel tn a beloved Auschwitz.

that might not be the issue you se they do the same thing to the USa and or any powerful country . they look at the conflicts as powerful and the underdog no matter who they are.

the less powerful is always more sympathetic


 Dec 07, 2012 at 09:56 AM VeyIzMir Says:

Hey Human Rights Group.
How's Syria these days?
How's Jacob Ostreicher doing in Bolivia?
How's any Arab country doing with their protesters?

No idea? I didn't think so!


 Dec 07, 2012 at 09:59 AM Liepa Says:

Take all these pathetic choleras that consider themselves human rights nincompoops and send them on a one way ticket to gaza, for good.


 Dec 07, 2012 at 10:15 AM yaakov doe Says:

May I missed it, but I haven't heard from the Human Rights Watch about the missles fired from Gaza, the bus bombing, Assads brutality in Syria, the so called Palestinians killing the accused collaborators and ragging a body, 15 year old Malala Yousafzai, who was shot by Taliban gunmen in Pakistan, numerous women stoned to death in Moslem countries over accusations of imorality. Why aren't they watching everyones human rights?


 Dec 07, 2012 at 10:21 AM shvitzer11559 Says:

They were silent when Hamas rockets hit schools and jewish houses. They were silent when arab animals slaughtered a family of five w kids


 Dec 07, 2012 at 10:52 AM ConcernedMember Says:

At this point none of these reports from "human rights" groups have any credibility.

Israel's attack on a house that their intel said harbored a terrorist was "unlawful" but apparently firing rockets indiscriminately at neighborhoods is not "unlawful."

The palestinians have been using the same tactic for years. They fire rockets from homes, schools, playgrounds, etc because they know that civilians will die.

This group and others like it are VERY familiar with that tactic and yet they continue to ignore it, continue to refuse to blame the palestinians for putting people in harms way, and continue to put every bit of blame on Israel no matter what.

That is not a credible report or a credible group. And as comment number 3 says... this will absolutely never change. As long as Jews defend themselves they will be vilified.


 Dec 07, 2012 at 11:31 AM ALLAN Says:

At this point.. with this level of stupidity and Israel hating, it's best to just tune these so called human rights people out. They are deaf, dumb and blind to the realities of the world.


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