According to Amnesty International, Israeli forces in Gaza are accused of conducting unlawful attacks, including indiscriminate ones, that resulted in significant civilian casualties, potentially constituting war crimes. The organization conducted investigations by interviewing survivors, analyzing satellite imagery, and verifying photos and videos. The report details five specific attacks between October 7 and 12, emphasizing the violation of international humanitarian law by failing to take precautions to protect civilians and engaging in attacks that did not distinguish between military and civilian targets.
Amnesty International’s Secretary General, Agnès Callamard, strongly condemns the actions, stating that Israeli forces displayed a shocking disregard for civilian lives. The report calls for an immediate end to unlawful attacks in Gaza, an arms embargo on Israel, and urgent international intervention to address the humanitarian crisis. The report also criticizes the longstanding blockade on Gaza and calls for its immediate end, asserting that it amounts to collective punishment and is a war crime.
The report provides harrowing details of specific incidents, including the destruction of residential buildings and the loss of entire families. It urges the international community, including Israel’s allies, to take concrete measures to protect Gaza’s civilian population, impose an arms embargo on all parties involved, and support the International Criminal Court’s investigation into the situation. Additionally, Hamas and other armed groups are called upon to cease deliberate attacks on civilians and release any civilian hostages immediately.