Israel’s ‘Wanton Destruction’
Posted on Mar 6, 2009
Human rights investigators are adding yet another alleged war crime to existing accusations of Israel’s war-time exuberance, as Amnesty International officials believe Israel’s military forces engaged in “wanton destruction” of civilian homes during the bloody assault on Gaza.
Amnesty International has told the BBC News website the methods used raised concerns about war crimes.
Israel’s military said buildings were destroyed because of military “operational needs”.
The Israeli Defense Forces said they operated in accordance with international law during the conflict.
However, the use of mines to destroy homes contradicted this claim, the head of the Amnesty International fact-finding mission to southern Israel and Gaza, Donatella Rovera, has argued.
Arafat Samouni stands by the rubble of his Gaza home, destroyed by Israeli forces.