Israel-Hamas arms embargo urged 
Amnesty International has called for a freeze on arms sales to Israel
and Palestinian groups such as Hamas following the recent Gaza
The human rights group
said it had evidence both Israel and Hamas had used weapons sourced
from overseas to carry out attacks on civilians. 
It called for the UN Security Council to impose the embargo on all parties. 
Both Israel and Hamas have rejected the conclusions of the report, in which 
Amnesty accuses each of war crimes. 
In the report, Israel is accused of illegal use of white phosphorus and
other armaments supplied by the US in Gaza, while Hamas is condemned
for launching unguided rockets into Israel. 
“ [Israeli] attacks resulted in the death of hundreds of children and
other civilians and massive destruction of homes and infrastructure  ” 
Donatella Rovera Amnesty International 

Israel has denied the allegations. 
Israeli government spokesman Mark Regev told the BBC: "The IDF, the
Israeli Defence Forces, only use weapons that are in accordance with
international law. 
"We did not use any such munition as an anti-personnel weapon; we are 
investigating ourselves." 
White phosphorus, which is used to lay smokescreens, is legal for use
on open ground but its use in built-up areas where civilians are found
is banned under international conventions. 
'War crimes'  
Donatella Rovera, the head of an Amnesty fact-finding mission to
southern Israel and Gaza, said: "Israeli forces used white phosphorus
and other weapons supplied by the USA to carry out serious violations
of international humanitarian law, including war crimes. 
"Their attacks resulted in the death of hundreds of children and other
civilians and massive destruction of homes and infrastructure. 
"At the same time, Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups
fired hundreds of rockets that had been smuggled in or made of
components from abroad at civilian areas in Israel. 
"Though far less lethal than the weaponry used by
Israel, such rocket firing also constitutes a war crime and caused
several civilian deaths." 
The charity's report said it had found fragments and
components of artillery, tank shells, fins from mortar rounds and
aircraft-launched missiles and bombs in school playgrounds, hospitals
and homes in Gaza. 
Israel's weaponry predominantly came from the US, the report said. 
In southern Israel, meanwhile, the remains of rockets fired
indiscriminately at civilian areas by Hamas and other armed Palestinian
groups were also recovered, the report said. 
'Tainted' report  
Mr Regev told Reuters news agency the Amnesty report was "fundamentally
flawed" and "tainted" because it used data provided by Hamas. 
He said Israel made every effort to avoid civilian casualties. 
"The report ignores the fact Hamas deliberately used the Palestinian
civilian population as a human shield," he told Reuters. 
Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum called the report
"unfair", telling Reuters there was no comparison between the Israeli
forces' weaponry and Palestinian "people who defend themselves with
some rifles and other primitive means". 
He denied that Hamas had acquired weapons from other countries. 
Around 1,300 Gazans and 13 Israelis died in 22 days of fighting last month. 
Story from BBC NEWS:

Published: 2009/02/23 04:45:33 GMT


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