31.7.06

Israeli air raid killing over 60 Lebanese civilians denounced as 'war crime'

JURIST - Paper Chase: Israeli air raid killing over 60 Lebanese civilians denounced as 'war crime':

Arab leaders have denounced as criminal and a breach of international law an Israeli air strike on the Lebanese village of Qana Sunday that killed over 60 civilians - mostly women and children - as the Middle East conflict entered its nineteenth day. The death toll is the highest of any single incident involving non-combatants in the fighting so far. Lebanese Prime Minister Fouad Siniora immediately labeled the attack a 'war crime.' Arab League Secretary-General Amr Moussa said in a statement that 'aggressions by Israeli troops that target Lebanese civilians and infrastructure is a confirmation of Israel's hostile intentions, its insistence on ignoring its international commitments and its violation of international law.' Jordan's King Abdullah II joined in criticizing Israel, stating that the air raid 'represents a flagrant violation of international law and conventions;' he urged 'an immediate ceasefire and called on the international community to shoulder its responsibilities in finding a way out of this crisis and put an end to the Israeli aggression.'

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