Thursday, August 13, 2009
Israeli soldiers unlawfully shot and killed 11 Palestinian civilians, including four children, who were in groups waving white flags during the Gaza war, Human Rights Watch said on Thursday.
“The Israeli military should conduct thorough, credible investigations into these deaths to tackle the prevailing culture of impunity,” the New York-based organisation said in a 63-page report.
It said the 11 people were only small fraction of the total number of civilians and combatants killed in the December-January Israeli offensive in the Gaza Strip.
“However, these deaths stand out because the civilians were in groups waving a white cloth, T-shirt or scarf, and no Palestinian fighters were in the area at the time,” HRW said.
This article was posted: Thursday, August 13, 2009 at 3:36 am