Israel digs mass graves - covering up war crimes

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  • Date: Sun, 14 Apr 2002 11:29:36 +0100

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This morning, April 10, LAW has managed to obtain the following
information from Jenin refugee camp. Residents of the refugee camp
report that they were first moved from the camp. Eyewitnesses stated
that Israeli forces are now digging large holes inside Jenin refugee
camp and in surrounding areas. They have stated their fears that these
are mass graves, where the several killed (numbers still to be
confirmed) in the refugee camp will be buried. Eyewitnesses saw Israeli
forces putting bodies inside the holes. The area is located in the
middle of the camp, also known as Haret al-Hawarish. 

LAW has sought assistance from the international humanitarian agencies
to enter the area and document the current activities of Israeli forces
and photograph evidence of how the dead were killed, but has been
advised that it is currently too dangerous to enter the refugee camp to
do so. 

LAW believes that these current actions suggest an intention to hide
evidence of Israeli war crimes committed in Jenin refugee camp. 

They follow statements made by Israeli foreign minister Shimon Peres in
Ha'aretz, April 9, 2002, that a "massacre" has been carried out in the
camps and statements made by Israeli army officers that "the soldiers
are almost not advancing on foot. The bulldozers are simply 'shaving'
the homes and causing terrible destruction. When the world sees the
pictures of what we have done there, it will do us immense damage." 

"However many wanted men we kill in the refugee camp, and however much
of the terror infrastructure we expose and destroy there, there is still
no justification for causing such great destruction." 

Peter Hansen, director of UNRWA also confirmed on April 7, 2002, that
"We are getting reports of pure horror - that helicopters are strafing
residential areas, that systematic shelling by tanks has created
hundreds of wounded, that bulldozers are razing refugee homes and that
food and medicine will soon run out. In the name of human decency the
Israeli military must allow our ambulances safe passage to help evacuate
the wounded and deliver emergency supplies of medicine and food." 

These statements confirm reports received from Jenin refugee camp
earlier this week, reported by LAW in its press releases of April 8 and
9 and LAW's Weekly Round ups. 

Yesterday evening, LAW received reports directly from Jenin and Nablus
of an escalated military assault, including in Jenin refugee camp,
bombardment from Apache helicopter gunships; F15 and F16 war planes
shelling the old city of Nablus and Balata refugee camp; and further
deployment of Israeli tanks. 

LAW reaffirms that these military assaults targeting civilians
throughout the Occupied Palestinian Territories, including Jenin and
Nablus amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity. LAW condemns as
well these ongoing attempts to prevent access for human rights monitors,
journalists, and humanitarian agencies to these sites of mass killings
to investigate and document evidence of war crimes and crimes against



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