Cal Tzedek: More Refugee Rubble

Monday, September 27, 2004

More Refugee Rubble

The Palestinian Center for Human Rights reports that the IDF destroyed 54 homes in the Khan Yunis refugee camp over the weekend, totaling 502 homes destroyed since September 2000 in the camp alone.

Haaretz reports only that "the army demolished buildings already abandoned due to fighting, but believed to have been used as cover to launch Qassams that struck Neveh Dekalim the day before, killing a woman."

This is contradicted by PCHR reports that residents of destroyed homes had to flee quickly.

The PCHR version of events is similar to the pattern of Israel's house demolitions confirmed by Amnesty International in a rather lengthy report.

Needless to say, I find it incredibly doubtful that more than a few of these 54 homes were destroyed out of "military necessity."
-Ehud

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