Mideast: Gaza militants violated laws of war, HRW

'No legal justification' for targeting civilians

24 December, 15:51

(ANSAmed) - TEL AVIV, DECEMBER 24 - Gaza militants who fired hundreds of rockets at Israeli civilians between November 14-21 violated the laws of war, Human Rights Watch (HRW) made known on Monday.

Of the 1,500 rockets fired, 800 hit their targets, including 60 that landed in residential areas, HRW quoted the Israeli army as saying. ''The armed Palestinian groups clearly stated they intended to harm civilians,'' said Middle East HRW Director Sarah Leah Whitson. ''There is no legal justification for firing rockets at residential areas.'' (ANSAmed).