Now Hezbollah Stands Accused of War Crimes
Posted on Aug 8, 2006
Just a few days after reporting that Israel was committing war crimes against Lebanese civilians, the watchdog group Human Rights Watch has accused Hezbollah of similar crimes inflicted upon Israeli noncombatants.
Hezbollah must immediately stop firing rockets into civilian areas in Israel, Human Rights Watch said today. Entering the fourth week of attacks, such rockets have claimed 30 civilian lives, including six children, and wounded hundreds more.
?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 claims that some of its attacks are aimed at military bases inside Israel, which are legitimate targets. But most of the attacks appear to have been directed at civilian areas and have hit pedestrians, hospitals, schools, homes and businesses.