Human rights group: End Palestinian infighting

October 5, 2006 21:07

Human Rights Watch demanded an end to internal Palestinian violence that has taken 10 lives in Gaza, in a statement released Thursday, warning that civilians could be harmed. The New York-based international watchdog said Palestinian factions and government officials must put an immediate halt to "lawlessness and vigilante violence ... and to hold the perpetrators of this violence accountable." "Demonstrators attacks on government and public property have endangered civilians," said Sarah Whitson of Human Rights Watch. "The only way to curb this cycle of violence is for the Palestinian government to use the law to crack down on the perpetrators," she said, according to the statement - though both rival forces are official arms of the government.

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