HRW: Palestine rocket attacks violate international laws Blake Lynch at 3:40 PM ET
[JURIST] Human Rights Watch (HRW) [advocacy website] on Monday accused Palestinian military units located in Gaza of violating laws of war by firing rockets into populated areas of Israel. These laws of war [HRW report] prohibit focused attacks on civilians and civilian structures or attacks that distinguish between civilians and military targets. "There is simply no legal justification for launching rockets at populated areas," said Sarah Leah Whitson, Middle East director at Human Rights Watch. Palestinian armed units have claimed that last November's Israeli attacks in Gaza [BBC report] provoked the firing of rockets into Israel and should excuse the Palestinian units from their acts. The rocket attacks which first launched from the Gaza Strip left three Israelis dead and at least 38 wounded. HRW urged Hamas [official website, in Arabic] the source of authority in Gaza to enforce the appropriate laws and punish the offenders.
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