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REUTERS/Zohra BensemraDUBAI, Oct 22 (Reuters) - The Red Cross on Friday urged the international community to engage with Afghanistan's new Taliban rulers, saying that aid groups on their own would be unable to stave off a humanitarian crisis. The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) has since increased its efforts in the country while other organisations were also stepping up, Director General Robert Mardini said. The Taliban expelled many foreign aid groups when it was last in power from 1996-2001 but this time has said it welcomes foreign donors and will protect the rights of their staff. But the hardline Islamists, facing criticism it has failed to protect rights, including access to education for girls, have also said aid should not be tied to conditions. "No humanitarian organisation can compensate or replace the economy of a country," Mardini said.
Persons: Cross, Robert Mardini, Mardini, Alexander Cornwell, Angus MacSwan Organizations: REUTERS, International Committee, Reuters, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, DUBAI
Taliban fighters are now getting used to new artificial limbs alongside soldiers of the army they fought to defeat. Standing near him at a Kabul clinic is one of the soldiers he defeated. That rebellion turned to conquest in August when the hardline Islamist militants advanced on Kabul and seized the capital. Unlike many Afghan women forced from their jobs since the Taliban returned to power, she has been allowed to carry on. But there has been no victory to ease the suffering of defeated soldiers from the ousted administration, some of whose leaders fled when the Taliban approached Kabul and left the city to its fate.
Persons: Abdul Qayum, Khair Mohammad, Jorge Silva KABUL, Mohammad Ishaq, Ishaq, Alberto Cairo, Cross, Mohammad Tawfiq, James Mackenzie, Mike Collett Organizations: REUTERS, Former, Red Cross Hospital, International Committee, Red Cross, Afghan National Army, White, Thomson Locations: Helmand, Kabul, Afghanistan, Former Taliban, Italian, Panjshir
Climate change poses a serious threat to U.S. military operations and will lead to new sources of global political conflict, the Department of Defense wrote in its new climate adaptation plan this week. Water shortages could become a primary source of friction or conflict between U.S. military overseas and the countries where troops are based, the Department warned. Extreme weather events made worse by climate change, including droughts, storms and floods, have already cost the Department billions of dollars, according to the plan. Countries enduring conflict are disproportionately vulnerable to climate change. "Climate change is an existential threat to our nation's security, and the Department of Defense must act swiftly and boldly to take on this challenge and prepare for damage that cannot be avoided," Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in a statement.
Persons: Lloyd Austin Organizations: Department of Defense, Department, Notre Dame, Initiative, International Committee Locations: U.S
REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu MustafaGAZA, Oct 5 (Reuters) - Palestinian artist Khaled Hussein's sculptures of human limbs are on display in a Gaza exhibition he calls "I Miss You Very Much", inspired by the loss felt by amputees, including victims of the conflict with Israel. It has become a phenomenon, so I wanted to work on this issue and reflect it artistically," Hussein, 46, told Reuters. Seven of Hussein's sculptures of limbs went on display this month in a Gaza art gallery. A leg depicted beside a mirror is a reference to a therapy technique that uses vision to treat pain amputees can feel in their missing limbs. One of his sculptures depicts the left leg that Ahmed Abu Daqen, 21, lost in a car accident as a child.
Persons: Khaled Hussein, amputees, Abu, Khaled Hussein's, Hussein, Gazans, Israel, Ahmed Abu Daqen, Abu Daqen, Nidal, Jeffrey Heller, Peter Graff Organizations: REUTERS, Reuters, International Committee, Charitable Society, Hamas, Thomson Locations: Israel, Gaza City, Abu Mustafa GAZA, Gaza, Gaza's, Palestinian
SAMOS, Greece, Oct 1 (Reuters) - Greece will not allow a repeat of the 2015 migration crisis to unfold on its borders following the deteriorating situation in Afghanistan, Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis said on Friday after visiting a new migrant camp on an island near Turkey. The Taliban's takeover of Afghanistan in August brought fears in Europe of a replay of 2015, when nearly 1 million asylum-seekers, mostly Syrians, fled to Europe by crossing from Turkey to Greece. In the latest example of its toughening migration policy, Greece opened an EU-funded camp on Samos earlier this month, a sprawling facility, heavily surveilled and surrounded by barbed wire. "We will not accept uncontrolled migratory flows similar to the ones we saw in 2015," Mitsotakis told reporters on the flight back to Athens, and Europe needed to work with Afghanistan's neighbours to ensure refugees stayed in the region. Greece welcomed 26 Afghan women lawyers and judges and their families on Thursday, but such cases "will be the exception", Mitsotakis said.
Persons: Kyriakos Mitsotakis, Mitsotakis, Cross, Lesbos's, Karolina Targaris, Alex Richardson Organizations: International Committee, Thomson Locations: SAMOS, Greece, Afghanistan, Turkey, Europe, Samos, Athens, Evros, Turkish, Vathy
A couple bath a child at a makeshift border camp along the International Bridge in Del Rio, Texas, U.S. September 22, 2021. The United States has returned 1,401 migrants from the camp at Del Rio, Texas, to Haiti and taken another 3,206 people into custody, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) said late on Wednesday. Wade McMullen, an attorney with the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights organization, said several hundred people, mostly pregnant women and parents with children, had been released in Del Rio, Texas, over the past several days. As the U.S. authorities have escalated expulsion flights, some Haitian families have decided to stay in Mexico and seek legal status there rather than risk being returned to Haiti. read moreEnex and Wendy were among those who planned to stay in Mexico with their 2-year-old daughter after hearing about the expulsions.
Persons: Adrees Latif CIUDAD ACUNA, Wade McMullen, Robert F, Kennedy, Filippo Grandi, Wendy, Enex, Juliana Exime, Exime, Daina Beth Solomon, Lizbeth Diaz, Kristina Cooke, Laura Gottesdiener Organizations: REUTERS, United, Department of Homeland Security, Kennedy Human Rights, DHS, International Committee, Thomson Locations: Del Rio , Texas, U.S, Texas, United States, Haiti, Del Rio, Rio Grande, Caribbean, Ciudad Acuna, Mexico, I'm, Chile, Mexico City, Veracruz, Monterrey, Tapachula, Guatemala, Haitian
Insurgents are seeking to form a breakaway state called Ambazonia in western Cameroon. They began fighting the military in 2017 after civilian protests calling for greater representation of the French-speaking country's Anglophone minority were violently repressed. The first of this month's attacks occurred on Sept. 12 in Kumbo, a town in the Northwest region, when a military convoy was hit by an improvised explosive device (IED). Cameroon's west borders Nigeria, home to violent Islamist groups like Boko Haram and other non-affiliated bandits. In Bamenda, the capital of the Northwest region, armed groups have choked off the city by taking control of most of its main access roads, according to a recent United Nations report.
Persons: Cross, Josiane Kouagheu, Blaise Eyong, Edward McAllister, Alessandra Prentice, Hugh Lawson Organizations: secessionists, International Committee, Thomson Locations: DOUALA, Cameroon, Kumbo, Northwest, Bamessing, Nigeria, Haram, Nations, Bamenda
A family from Afghanistan walk next to fence to cross into Pakistan at the Friendship Gate crossing point, in the Pakistan-Afghanistan border town of Chaman, Pakistan September 6, 2021. Even before the Taliban's seizure of Kabul last month, half the population - or 18 million people - was dependent on aid. That figure looks set to increase due to drought and shortages of cash and food, U.N. officials and aid groups warn. "We are quite literally begging and borrowing to avoid food stocks running out." Reporting by Emma Farge; Editing by Pravin CharOur Standards: The Thomson Reuters Trust Principles.
Persons: Abdul Khaliq, Antonio Guterres, Cross Peter Maurer, Heiko Maas, Anthea Webb, Emma Farge, Pravin Organizations: REUTERS, United Nations, International Committee, World Health Organization, Pravin Char, Thomson Locations: Afghanistan, Pakistan, Chaman, U.N, GENEVA, Geneva, Kabul
Afghanistan needs you, Red Cross tells other aid groups
  + stars: | 2021-09-08 | by ( )   time to read: +2 min
"I appreciate all of those humanitarian organisations that have an ability to defreeze, to unblock their programmes because needs are uncontested." Maurer said the ICRC never takes positions on sanctions, but said World Bank support for the health sector was critical. During its period in power from 1996-2001, the Islamist militants had an uneasy relationship with foreign aid agencies, eventually expelling many. This time, the group has said it welcomes foreign donors, and will protect the rights of foreign and local staff. The ICRC, which has worked in Afghanistan since 1987, deploys some 1,800 national and international staff in the country, including surgical teams.
Persons: Cross, Peter Maurer, Mullah Abdul Ghani Baradar, Maurer, Emma Thomasson, Angus MacSwan Organizations: West Asia News Agency, REUTERS, International Committee, World Bank, ICRC, Bank, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, WANA
Taliban soldiers stand in front of protesters during the anti-Pakistan protest in Kabul, Afghanistan, September 7, 2021. The Taliban's sudden victory, which took even its leadership by surprise, has presented the rest of the world with a dilemma. MORE PROTESTSThe last time the Taliban ruled Afghanistan, from 1996 to 2001, women were banned from work and girls from school. Taliban officials have said that protests would be allowed, but that they must be announced in advance and authorised. Aid flights have begun to arrive at Kabul airport, but many more will be needed over the coming months.
Persons: Heiko Maas, Sirajuddin Haqqani, Zaki Daryabi, Shukrullah Khan, Cross, Mike Collett, Angus MacSwan Organizations: West Asia News Agency, Wednesday Veteran, Union, U.S . State Department, U.S, International Committee, World Bank, Reuters, Thomson Locations: Pakistan, Kabul, Afghanistan, WANA, U.S, Afghan, Guantanamo, United States
A bearded man leaves carrying a sack of 46 kilos (101.4 pounds) of fortified wheat flour on his back. Food prices have spiked since the second drought in four years ruined some 40% of the wheat crop, according to the WFP. Millions of Afghans could soon face starvation due to the combination of conflict, drought and COVID-19, it has said. It has urgently appealed for $200 million, warning that WFP supplies will run out by October as winter sets in. 'PALLOR AND PAIN'McGroarty, an Irish aid veteran, has met some of the 550,000 Afghans uprooted by fighting and drought this year, now living in makeshift tents.
Persons: Mary, Ellen McGroarty, Delawar, McGroarty, Christine Cipolla, Stephanie Nebehay, Mark Heinrich Our Organizations: ICRC, Food Programme, Reuters, WFP, International Committee, Red, Thomson Locations: ICRC GENEVA, Afghanistan, videolink, Kabul, Mazar, Balkh, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, Herat, Ghazni, Khost, Asia, Kunduz, Kandahar
U.S. troops entered Afghanistan less than a month later and, soon after, prisoners began arriving at the Guantanamo Bay prison. A month after that, I got an assignment to go to northern Afghanistan. Their soldiers had repelled a Taliban offensive in 1997, and massacred thousands of the Taliban prisoners they had captured. Air Force flights from as far away as Germany were dropping American military and humanitarian food packets in an effort to win hearts and minds. On board the ferry that connects the east and west sides of the American military base.
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GENEVA, Aug 17 (Reuters) - More than 40,000 people wounded during fighting in Afghanistan have been treated since June at health facilities supported by the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), including 7,600 so far this month, the aid agency said on Tuesday. During the first 10 days of August ICRC treated 4,042 wounded, meaning that more than 3,500 were treated in the past week alone as the Taliban captured large swathes of territory including the capital, Kabul, which fell to the insurgents without a fight. ICRC director-general Robert Mardini voiced relief that "devastating urban warfare" was avoided in Kabul when the Taliban fighters advanced into the city. "It is heartbreaking to see our wards filled with children and young men and women who have lost limbs," he added. The ICRC, which has worked in Afghanistan since 1987, deploys some 1,800 national and international staff, including surgical teams, spokesman Florian Seriex said.
Persons: Cross, Robert Mardini, Florian Seriex, Stephanie Nebehay, Simon Cameron, Moore Organizations: International Committee, ICRC, Thomson Locations: GENEVA, Afghanistan, Kabul
In the fall of 1996, photographer Alan Chin documented the early days of Taliban rule in Afghanistan. Kabul, Afghanistan: October 3, 1996. Taliban soldiers, one with a celebratory flower, in the offices of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs. At the movie theater, armed Taliban soldiers threw hundreds of reels of film into a pile and started a bonfire. Taliban forces burn films at Kabul's movie theater, as part of their enforcement of strict Islamic law against graven images.
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"Fighting did not stop until 4 a.m. and then after the first prayers it started up again," said an aid worker in the southern city of Kandahar. The city hospital had received scores of bodies of members of the armed forces and some wounded Taliban. The Taliban also said they had captured Ghazni city, 150 km southwest of Kabul. Faizabad city, in the northeastern province of Badakhshan, on Wednesday became the eighth provincial capital to be seized by the Taliban. Desperate to stem the Taliban's advance, President Ashraf Ghani flew to Mazar-i-Sharif to rally old warlords to the defence of the biggest city in the north as Taliban forces closed in.
Persons: Joe Biden's, Ashraf Ghani, Stringer Ghani, Biden, al, Osama bin, Robert Birsel, Simon Cameron, Moore Organizations: U.S, Wednesday, Taliban, REUTERS, Afghan, Reuters, The United Nations, International Committee, Cross, Thomson Locations: Kabul, KABUL, Afghanistan, U.S, Kandahar, Kandahar city, Ghazni, Kunduz, Sheberghan, Farah, Lashkargah, Helmand, Pakistan, Faizabad, Badakhshan, Mazar, In Washington
Taliban denies killing civilians, calls for independent inquiry
  + stars: | 2021-08-11 | by ( )   time to read: +3 min
REUTERS/StringerAug 11 (Reuters) - The Taliban on Wednesday denied targeting and killing civilians during an offensive against Afghan government troops, calling for an independent investigation and seeking to assure Afghans that "no home or family shall face any threat from our side." He instead blamed Afghan government troops and foreign forces for any civilian deaths. The Taliban proposed that a team made up of the United Nations, ICRC and other aid groups accompany their representatives "to conduct an impartial and independent investigation into the latest events." A spokesman for U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and Afghanistan's mission to the United Nations in New York did not immediately respond to requests for comment. U.S.-backed Afghan forces ousted the Taliban from power in 2001 for refusing to hand over al Qaeda's Osama bin Laden after the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States.
Persons: Farah, Stringer, Cross, Suhail Shaheen, Ned Price, Antonio Guterres, U.N, Stephane Dujarric, Dujarric, al, Osama bin Laden, Michelle Nichols, Simon Lewis, Sonya Hepinstall Organizations: REUTERS, Taliban, Wednesday, Afghan, United Nations, International Committee, U.S, U.S . State Department, ICRC, Thomson Locations: Afghanistan, States, U.S, New York, Kabul, United States, Washington
The Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), the former rulers of Ethiopia's Tigray region, said on Monday it was back in control of the regional capital Mekelle after nearly eight months of fighting. "Operations are under way ... and the number of prisoners of war is increasing by the minute,” TPLF spokesman Getachew Reda told Reuters by satellite phone, with light artillery fire crackling in the background. With electricity and phone and internet lines cut to the region, aid agencies are limited in their ability to reach people in need of food and other services. A TPLF spokesman said government troops were forced out. "The violence must now stop and unfettered humanitarian access granted," a spokesman for Britain's Foreign Office said on Thursday.
Persons: Stringer ADDIS, Tigrayan, , Getachew Reda, Gemma Connell, Dina Mufti, Mufti, Alyona Synenko, Hayat Abu Salah, Abu Salah, Abiy Ahmed, Abiy, General Antonio Guterres, Dawit Endeshaw, Maggie Fick, Nick Macfie, Andrew Heavens, Angus MacSwan, Timothy Organizations: Amhara Special Forces, Eritrean Defence Forces, REUTERS, Reuters, International, Humanitarian Affairs, Southern, Government, International Committee, United Nations, U.S . Agency for International Development, Electricity, UNICEF, Ethiopian, birr, Britain's Foreign, Timothy Heritage, Thomson Locations: Ethiopia, Eritrean, Humera, Stringer ADDIS ABABA, Tigray, Ethiopia's Tigray, Mekelle, Shire, Eastern Africa, United States, Britain, Addis Ababa, Nairobi
A general view of al-Hol displacement camp in Hasaka governorate, Syria April 2, 2019. REUTERS/Ali Hashisho/File Photo/File PhotoGENEVA, June 30 (Reuters) - Hundreds of children are incarcerated in adult prisons in northeastern Syria, the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) said on Wednesday, disclosing their plight as inmates for the first time. The ICRC made 36 visits to places of detention across Syria last year, the only agency with such access. It has access to some places of detention in northeast Syria - a Syrian Kurdish-controlled area - a spokeswoman said, declining to give details. The ICRC also renewed its appeal for countries to repatriate their nationals from the al-Hol camp and keep families together, "as international law requires".
Persons: Ali Hashisho, Cross, Fabrizio Carboni, Carboni, Stephanie Nebehay, Alex Richardson Organizations: REUTERS, International Committee, Islamic, Islamic State, ICRC, UNICEF, ISIS, Thomson Locations: Hol, Hasaka governorate, Syria, GENEVA, al, Syrian Kurdish
People gather as victims arrive at Ayder Referral Hospital, in Mekelle, after an airstrike in Togoga, Ethiopia's Tigray region June 22, 2021. Tigray Guardians 24 via REUTERSADDIS ABABA, June 24 (Reuters) - The number of civilians killed in an air strike in Ethiopia's Tigray region has risen to 51 with 33 people still unaccounted for, a health official involved in the response said, disputing the army's account that the victims were combatants. He said at least 68 patients had reached hospitals in Mekelle but the total number injured was likely more than 100. The military has been battling forces loyal to the Tigray People's Liberation Front (TPLF), the region's former ruling party, since November. No voting was held in Tigray, and security concerns and problems with ballot papers also delayed voting in two other regions.
Persons: Nathalia Estevam Fraga, Cross, Getnet Adane, Getnet, Ethiopia's, Maggie Fick, Duncan Miriri, Peter Graff Organizations: Referral, REUTERS, International Committee, Residents, Reuters, United Nations, Thomson Locations: Mekelle, Togoga, Ethiopia's Tigray, Tigray, REUTERS ADDIS ABABA, Hawzen
A man waits outside a factory to get his oxygen cylinder refilled as he holds it on his shoulder, amidst the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in Kabul, Afghanistan June 15, 2021. REUTERS/StringerKABUL, June 17 (Reuters) - The COVID-19 pandemic is spiralling out of control in Afghanistan, with cases rising 2,400% in the past month, hospitals filling up and medical resources quickly running out, the International Committee of the Red Cross said on Thursday. The surge was putting intense strain on a country where millions already live in poverty and health resources are scarce. Health authorities on Thursday registered 2,313 positive cases and a record 101 deaths from COVID-19 in the last 24 hours. Major hospitals have closed their doors this week to new COVID-19 patients after an influx of cases left them with a lack of beds and oxygen shortages.
Persons: Stringer KABUL, Cross, Nilab Mobarez, Necephor Mghendi, Peter Graff Organizations: REUTERS, International Committee, ICRC, Red Crescent Society, Health, U.S, Delegation, Thomson Locations: Kabul, Afghanistan, COVID
Displaced people are seen at the Shire campus of Aksum University, which was turned into a temporary shelter for people displaced by conflict, in the town of Shire, Tigray region, Ethiopia, March 15, 2021. REUTERS/Baz RatnerAn unpublished analysis by United Nations agencies and aid groups estimates some 350,000 people in Ethiopia’s conflict-torn Tigray region are in famine conditions, according to an internal U.N. document seen by Reuters on Wednesday. "On the risk of famine, it was noted that the unpublished IPC analysis figures were being disputed by the Ethiopian government, notably the estimated 350,000 people across Tigray believed to be in IPC 5 famine conditions," the June 7 document read. Famine has been declared twice in the past decade - in Somalia in 2011 and in South Sudan in 2017, according to the IPC. Fighting in Tigray broke out in November between government troops and the region's former ruling party, the Tigray People's Liberation Front.
Persons: Baz Ratner, Mark Lowcock, Abiy, U.N, Stephane Dujarric Organizations: Aksum University, REUTERS, United Nations, Reuters, Integrated, Tigray of, Inter, Agency, Ethiopian, IPC, UNICEF, Refugees, World Health Organization, International Committee, Cross, Foreign Ministry, Embassy, Troops, Thomson Locations: Shire, Tigray, Ethiopia, Ethiopian, New York, London, Somalia, South Sudan, Eritrea
Clashes spread to Myanmar's Ayeyarwady delta, several killed
  + stars: | 2021-06-05 | by ( )   time to read: +3 min
At least three people were killed in Myanmar's Ayeyarwady river delta region on Saturday as the military junta's forces clashed with villagers, local media and residents said, while fighting was also reported in northern and eastern Myanmar. Anti-junta protests take place daily in many parts of a country that has been paralysed by strikes, while conflicts with ethnic army groups that oppose the junta have flared in Myanmar's borderlands. On Saturday, clashes spread to the Ayeyarwady region, an important rice growing area that has large populations of both the Bamar majority ethnic group, from which much of the army draws much of its strength, and the Karen minority. Despite the turmoil, Myanmar's army has shown little sign of heeding calls from its opponents to restore democracy. At least 845 people have been killed by security forces and more than 4,500 jailed, according to an activist group.
Persons: Suu, Karen, Khit, Shwegu, Min Aung Hlaing, General Lim Jock Hoi, Yusof Organizations: Reuters, Khit Thit Media, BBC, Shwegu People's Defence Force, Kachin Independence Army, People's Defence Force, International Committee, Association of Southeast Asian Nations, ASEAN Secretary, ASEAN, Council, Thomson Locations: Myanmar, Kyonpyaw, Yangon, Shwegu, Brunei
REUTERS/Mohammed SalemThe head of the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC)urged Israel and the Palestinians on Wednesday to find a political solution so violence like last month's hostilities over the Gaza Strip border might be prevented. Gaza medical officials said Israeli air strikes killed 253 Palestinians. "Political leadership to find a sustainable solution that is more sustainable than what we have been witnessing over the past decade and more." Standing by the rubble of the houses of Kolak family, which lost 22 members in Israeli air strikes, Mardini spoke to some survivors. "My grandfather died, my father died, his (father's) son died, his grandchild died, a dynasty was martyred," said Wasim Al-Kolak, 31, urging international prosecution of Israel.
Persons: Robert Mardini, Cross, Mohammed Salem, Mardini, Wasim Al Organizations: International Committee, REUTERS, Reuters, Rockets, ICRC, Thomson Locations: Palestinian, Gaza City, Israel, Gaza
But all the progress PCRF has made in Gaza was nearly lost last week when its office there was destroyed in a nearby Israeli airstrike. That Israeli airstrike was one of many during 11 days of renewed violence in the area. JUST WATCHED Girl injured in Israeli airstrike asks: 'Why did they do this to me?' Replay More Videos ... MUST WATCH Girl injured in Israeli airstrike asks: 'Why did they do this to me?' 01:47In 2009, Farah's home was destroyed in an Israeli airstrike that killed several family members, including her mother, Jubran said.
Persons: Khan Yunis, Weam, Mohammed Elastal, PCRF, Steve Sosebee, Ghazi Shawa, Sosebee, Dr, Yousef Abu Al, PCRF's, Rania, Farah, Beit, Farah's, Jubran Organizations: CNN, Palestine Children's Relief, West Bank, Rimal Clinic, Ministry of Health, International Committee, Qatar Red Crescent Society, Israel Defense Forces, Ministry, Qatar's Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Facebook, UNICEF Israel, San Diego, IMANA Locations: Israeli, Gaza's, Khan, Palestine, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia, Atlanta, American, Gaza, Palestinian, Kent , Ohio, Al, Rimal, Gaza City, Cross, Qatar, Israel, United States, Beit Lahya
Many states and armed groups use explosive violence in urban areas, and its effects are inherently indiscriminate. Like most democracies whose air wars kill large numbers of civilians, Israel claims the moral high ground. By contrast, according to Israel, Hamas was targeting Israeli civilians directly and intentionally. That is because explosive weapons in densely populated urban areas simply cannot be used in a precision manner or be limited in the ways envisioned by the Geneva Conventions. In Gaza, for example, hundreds of civilians were killed and over 1,000 injured by "precision" weapons Israel claimed were aimed solely at Hamas.
Persons: Israel, Mustafa Hassona, Mark Lowcock, Lowcock, Majdi, Russia's, Abdel Kareem Hana, Charli Carpenter Organizations: Hamas, United Nations, Getty Images Israel, Brown University, International Network, Violence, International Committee, ICRC, UN, University of Massachusetts, Amherst Locations: Israel, Gaza, Beit Hanoun, Geneva, Gaza City, United States, Saudi Arabia, New York
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