23.7.06

UN humanitarian chief touring Beirut says excessive force violates international law

JURIST - Paper Chase: UN humanitarian chief touring Beirut says excessive force violates international law:

Touring south Beirut Sunday, United Nations relief coordinator Jan Egeland said the damage to civilian areas caused by Israeli airstrikes was worse than he had anticipated and reemphasized that attacking civilians was illegal under intrenational norms. 'It is horrific. I did not know it was block after block of houses... It seems to be an excessive use of force in an area with so many civilians,' said Egeland, described by reporters as 'visibly shocked.' 'It makes it a violation of humanitarian law.' He acknowledged, however, that he did not have all the information he might want: 'What we do not know, for humanitarians, what was between these buildings, what military targets? But it seems excessive.'

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