Amnesty report criticizes Israel, Palestinian Authority

Wednesday, May 28, 2008 |  staff writer

A new report released by Amnesty International criticized both Israel and the Palestinian Authority for violation of human rights.

The Palestinian Authority section of the 380-page report accused Hamas and Fatah of “grave human rights including arbitrary detention and torture.” However, it said the deteriorating economic situation was a result of Israel's “further tightening of their blockade on the Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT).”

The report says “the Israeli government imposed an unprecedented blockade on the Gaza Strip, virtually imprisoning its entire 1.5 million people population, subjecting them to collective punishment and causing the gravest humanitarian crisis to date.” But it fails to mention the bloody takeover by the terrorist group Hamas of the Gaza Strip that forced Israel to close the borders.

Amnesty blamed the Israeli army’s attacks on civilian infrastructures and said more than 300 Palestinian civilians had been killed in Israeli attacks in the Gaza Strip. The army however said that despite its efforts to minimize harming civilians, Hamas operates out of populated areas and deliberately exploits women and children using them as human shields.

Meanwhile clashes continued in the Gaza Strip and its surroundings as Palestinians fired dozens of mortar shells at Israeli troops. Two Hamas officials were killed on Wednesday morning in southern Gaza during the Israeli military response.

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