Palestinian armed groups repeatedly launched indiscriminate rockets and mortars towards civilian areas in Israel during the 2014 Gaza conflict, Amnesty International said in a new report published today. The
attacks launched from inside Gaza amount to war crimes. In one deadly incident, 13 Palestinian civilians – 11 of them children – were killed when a Palestinian rocket exploded next to a supermarket in the Shati refugee camp in Gaza on July 28. An independent munitions expert who examined the available evidence on behalf of Amnesty concluded that the cause was a Palestinian rocket.
The report details other violations of international humanitarian law by Palestinian armed groups, such as storing rockets in civilian buildings, including UN schools, and cases where Palestinian armed groups launched attacks or stored munitions very near locations where hundreds of displaced civilians were taking shelter.