The organization—which noted that those strikes represented “just a small fraction of the Israeli military’s attacks in Gaza” in the May 10 to May 21 fighting—cited in its new analysis a lack of any evidence to back up Israeli authorities’ claims that the buildings were being used by Hamas for military purposes The report also noted the disproportionate harm to civilian property caused by the Israeli attacks.
For its latest analysis of attacks during the 11-day assault, HRW reviewed video and photo evidence of the aftermath of the bombardments and conducted interviews with victims and eyewitnesses.
“The apparently unlawful Israeli strikes on four high-rise towers in Gaza City caused serious, lasting harm for countless Palestinians who lived, worked, shopped, or benefitted from businesses based there,” said Richard Weir, crisis and conflict researcher at Human Rights Watch, in a statement.
“The Israeli military should publicly produce the evidence that it says it relied on to carry out these attacks,” he said. At issue are strikes on the Hanadi, al-Jawhara, al-Shorouk, and al-Jalaa towers. The latter housed offices of media outlets including Al Jazeera English and the Associated Press.
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