Razing Rafah

Razing Rafah

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This report show, most of the destruction in Rafah occurred along the Israel-controlled border between the Gaza Strip and Egypt. During regular nighttime raids and with little or no warning, Israel forces used armored caterpillar D9 bulldozers to raze blocks of homes at the edge of the camp, incrementally expanding a qbuffer zoneq that is currently up to three hundred meters wide. The pattern of destruction strongly suggests that Israeli forces demolished homes wholesale, regardless of whether they posed a specific threat, in violation of international law. In most cases Human Rights Watch found the destruction carried out in the absence of military necessity.a€œWe are certainly prepared to continue our humanitarian assistance and to support the rebuilding of the infrastructure of those ... The bulldozer is produced by Caterpillar Inc. and sold through the U.S. Foreign Military Sales Program. ... USA, claims to be the worlda#39;s largest manufacturer of construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, ... of the Caterpillar D9R bulldozer available at http://cmms.cat.com/cmms/specgraphics/C046122.pdf, (accessed October 4, 2004).

Title:Razing Rafah
Author: Fred Abrahams, Marc E. Garlasco, Darryl Li
Publisher:Human Rights Watch - 2004-01-01

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