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Killing of Nizar Rayan with his wives and children breaches laws of war

On 1 Jan. '09, the Israeli army killed four women and eleven children when it bombed the house of Nizar Rayan, a senior Hamas official, in the Jabalya refugee camp. Such extensive loss of civilian life constitutes a grave breach of international humanitarian law and cannot be justified on military grounds.
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The destroyed house of the Rayan family. Picture: B'Tselem.