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Israel's assault on Gaza must not lead to repeat of unlawful attacks on civilians

Israeli aerials attack on Gaza last November © Ali Jadallah/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images

Rocket strike north of Tel Aviv earlier today reportedly injured several members of a British-Israeli family

‘Attacks on civilians … are never justified’ - Saleh Higazi

Following reports that the Israeli military have begun attacks on targets in the Gaza Strip after at least seven people were injured in the community of Mishmeret north of Tel Aviv earlier today when a rocket was fired into Israel from Gaza, Saleh Higazi, Amnesty International’s Middle East and North Africa Deputy Director, said:

“Amnesty International condemns the rocket attack from Gaza that hit a home in central Israel wounding Israeli civilians.

“Attacks on civilians, and indiscriminate attacks, are never justified and a serious violation of international humanitarian law. 

“Israel has repeatedly displayed a chilling disregard for civilian life and carried out wide-scale deadly attacks in densely-populated civilian areas of Gaza in violation of international humanitarian law. 

“There must be no repeat of the unlawful attacks that killed and injured thousands of civilians in Gaza, destroyed homes and devastated infrastructure during conflicts in previous years.

“We are calling on Hamas, Israel and all parties involved in the conflict to respect international humanitarian law.”

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