Israelsk flyterror mod Gaza: en dræbt og 40 såret

18.januar 2008

Israelsk fly-terror mod Gaza: en dræbt og mindst 40 sårede

jrEn kvinde ankommer til Al-Shifa hospitalet med blodet drypende fra ansigtet efter at Israelske krigsfly havde angrebet Indenrigs-ministeriet i Gaza.Fire-etagers bygningen, som blev jævnet med jorden, var angiveligt tom men mindst 40 mennesker nærheden blev såret, oplyser læger og vidner på stedet.
Indenrigsministeriet i Gaza styres af Hamas-bevægelsen, som vandt det internationalt overvågede palæstinensiske valg for to år siden.Imidlertid nægter Staten Israels regering at anerkende Hamas-regeringen. Fredagen lukkede Israel alle grænseovergange fra Gaza.
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FN-repræsentanter fordømmer det israelske angreb:”De ansvarlige for en denne feje aktion er skyldige i alvorlige krigsforbrydelser og bør blive retsforfulgt og straffet for deres forbrydelser” udtalte John Dugard, FNs særlige udsending :

Israel’s targeting of a Hamas government office which caused serious casualties at a nearby wedding party was a “war crime” and those responsible should be punished, a United Nations official said Saturday. John Dugard, UN special rapporteur on the human rights situation in the Palestinian territories, also slammed the killing of Palestinians in other attacks and the closing of border crossings. “The killing of some 40 Palestinians in Gaza in the past week, the targeting of a Government office near a wedding party venue with what must have been foreseen loss of life and injury to many civilians, and the closure of all crossings into Gaza raise very serious questions about Israel’s respect for international law and its commitment to the peace process,” Dugard said in a statement. “Recent action violates the strict prohibition on collective punishment contained in the Fourth Geneva Convention,” Dugard charged in the statement put out by the UN human rights commission. “It also violates one of the basic principles of international humanitarian law that military action must distinguish between military targets and civilian targets.” He said that “Israel must have known” about the wedding party in the Gaza Strip near to the interior ministry when it launched missiles at the ministry building on Friday. The massive air strike destroyed the former interior ministry building in Gaza City, now abandoned, sending a tide of shrapnel crashing against adjacent apartment buildings and killing a 47-year-old woman. Around 50 people were wounded in the blast, including several children. At least 30 of the victims had been attending the wedding party near the building. “Those responsible for such cowardly action are guilty of serious war crimes and should be prosecuted and punished for their crimes,” Dugard said. The United States and other participants in the Annapolis conference in November to relaunch the Middle East peace process “are under both a legal and a moral obligation to compel Israel to cease its actions against Gaza and to restore confidence in the peace process, ensure respect for international law and protect civilian life,” he said. “We attacked the building and nothing else,” an Israeli army spokeswoman said of Friday’s raid, calling the target a “headquarters” of the radical Hamas movement which controls the Gaza Strip. On Thursday, Israel announced a complete closure of the Gaza Strip after a sharp escalation in rocket and mortar attacks by Palestinian militants on Israeli communities across the border and retaliatory raids by the Israeli army. (AFP)

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