Human Rights Watch stated, in a report, that there was no evidence that the Palestinian factions involved in military operations had a current or long-term presence in any of the towers attacked by the Israeli military during the latest Israeli aggression on Gaza in May.
"Even if there were such a presence, the attacks appeared to cause foreseeably disproportionate harm to civilian property," the report said.
It stated that the Israeli airstrikes that destroyed 4 huge towers in Gaza during the aggression apparently violated war laws, and may amount to war crimes.
The attacks also damaged neighboring building, made several dozen families homeless, and shuttered scores of businesses that provided livelihoods to many people.
It mentioned that between May 11 and 15, the Israeli forces attacked the Hanadi, al-Jawhara, al-Shorouk, and al-Jalaa towers in the populated al-Rimal neighborhood. Three buildings were immediately leveled while the fourth, al-Jawhara, sustained extensive damage and a recent decision was made to deolish it.
The Israeli occupation claimed that the Palestinian factions used those buildings for military targets, yet sumitted no evidence to prove that, according the report.
The crisi and conflict researcher at Human Rights Watch Richard Weir said that "the unlawful Israeli strikes on four high-rise towers in Gaza City caused serious, lasting harm for countless Palestinians who lived, worked, shopped, or benefitted from businesses based there."
Weir called on the occupation army to provide evidence that says it relied on to carry out these attacks.
The buildings included dozens of companies, news agencies and residential houses.
Jawad Mahdu, 68, the owner of the Al-Jalaa tower who lived there with dozens of his family members, said, "All these years of hard work, it was a place of living, safety, children and grandchildren. All our history and life, destroyed in front of your eyes ... It’s like someone ripping your heart out and throwing it.”
"The long-term effects of the attacks extend beyond the immediate destruction of the buildings. Many jobs were lost with the closure of their companies and many families were displaced," Human Rights Watch said.
Mohammed Qadada, 31, the head of a digital marketing company located in Hanadi tower, said that the 30 employees affected included people who “have families of their own, who were just entering into marriage, who support their older parents, who have sick members of the family, and who need financial support.”
“They won’t find work again because the equipment that they had allowed them to do rendering, designing, producing, [has] all been destroyed. So how can they do the work?” he added.Source : Safa