Amnesty Sends New Mission to Israel, Palestinian Territories
Amnesty International announced Friday it was sending a new delegation to Israel and the occupied territories, and to areas under the control of the Palestinian Authority, to probe alleged human rights abuses by Israeli forces against civilians.
The mission, the fourth by the human rights organization since the resumption of the Palestinian Intifada (uprising) in October, will include Amnesty official Elizabeth Hodgkin, Carl Soodebergh, director of the Swedish branch of the organization, and David Holley, an independent military advisor.
They will examine "the use of lethal force by the Israeli forces against civilians, in particular the shooting against civilian residential areas, and the use of extra-judicial execution," Amnesty said in a statement.
Amnesty International has on several occasions accused Israeli security forces of violating the human rights of Palestinians, acts which it has said could be considered as war crimes -- LONDON (AFP)