HRW accuses Israel of war crimes in Gaza

Human Rights Watch accuses Israel of killing civilians as they attempted to flee a stricken neighborhood of Gaza, in what it says amounts to a war crime.

“Israeli forces in the southern Gaza town of Khuza’a fired on and killed civilians in apparent violation of the laws of war in several incidents between July 23 and 25,” says the New York-based watchdog.

“Deliberate attacks on civilians who are not participating in the fighting are war crimes.”

The group says civilians faced “grave dangers” in Khuza’a, including repeated shelling, lack of access to medical care, and coming under attack from the Israelis as they attempted to flee to nearby Khan Younis.

The report points out that, although Israeli forces had warned people to leave Khuza’a prior to July 21, “the failure of civilians to abide by warnings does not make them lawful targets of attack.”

— AFP

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