A group of Israeli farmers is filing a war crimes complaint at the International Criminal Court in The Hague today against Hamas over the torching of thousands of acres of farmland in recent months.
The farmers want prosecutors to investigate leaders of Hamas, the terrorist group that rules the Gaza Strip, for allegedly issuing “orders” to Palestinians to breach the territory’s border with Israel and fly kites and balloons carrying flammable material inside Israeli territory.
“What they are trying to do is to burn us, not just our fields. It’s a war crime and a crime against humanity,” farmer Ofer Lieberman tells Israeli Army Radio ahead of his arrival at The Hague.
The flying of kites carrying burning material has become a widely adopted tactic during the weekly “March of Return” clashes on the Gaza border, which Israel accuses Hamas of orchestrating and using as a cover to carry out attacks.
— with AP