Amnesty urges UN to protect Mideast civilians

July 18, 2006 23:30

Human rights organization Amnesty International called on the UN Security Council to meet urgently and adopt measures to protect civilians caught up in the deepening Middle East conflict. "The past few days has seen a horrendous escalation in attacks against civilians and civilian infrastructure. Yet the G-8 leaders have failed conspicuously to uphold their moral and legal obligation to address such blatant breaches of international humanitarian law, which in some cases have amounted to war crimes," said Malcolm Smart, director of Amnesty International's Middle East program. Amnesty called on the UN Security Council to authorize and deploy an immediate fact-finding mission to Lebanon and Israel to investigate attacks against civilians and other breaches of international humanitarian law, and make recommendations for action to spare civilian lives.

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