Amnesty International, through its director for the Middle East and North Africa Programme, Philip Luther accuses Israel of carnage in the recently concluded war on Gaza by saying “Israeli forces have brazenly flouted the laws of war by carrying out a series of attacks on civilian homes, displaying callous indifference to the carnage caused.”
But the Israeli Foreign Ministry fires back at Amnesty International by saying “Amnesty ignores documented war crimes perpetrated by Hamas,” and faults the accuracy of the report, saying the manner it was reported is capable of casting Israel in a bad light to the world while at the same time serving as a tool of propaganda for Hamas and other terror groups.
Israel would not agree to Amnesty International’s suggestion that she had committed war crimes in leveling civilian homes in the Gaza Strip, but rather calls on the watchdog organization to produce material evidences to support its claim.
Over 2,130 civilians had died and hundreds of homes razed down to rubbles in Palestine during the just concluded 50-day military offensive against Hamas in Gaza. Amnesty International in its 50-page report titled “Families under the rubble: Israeli attacks on inhabited homes” suggests that Israeli forces attacked Palestinian homes and wiped out whole families, sometimes including children. The report indicts Israeli forces for killing 104 civilians, 62 children inclusive, in eight separate attacks where they attacked residential buildings without provocation. Amnesty International says Israel used “large aerial bombs to level civilian homes, sometimes killing entire families.”
Although Israel recorded 72 casualties during Operation Protective Edge, including that of six soldiers, the nation maintains the military offensive against Palestine was necessary to stop rocket fire fired from Gaza into neighboring Israeli communities. However, Israel says independent investigations are currently ongoing into more than 90 incidents that related to the Gaza war in order to determine if her soldiers had erred.