Gaza Crisis

Conflict in Gaza and southern Israel

A wrecked classroom in Gaza, 19 January 2009


With fragile ceasefires now in place in Gaza and southern Israel, the full extent of the devastation caused in recent weeks is becoming increasingly clear.
Amnesty International researchers visiting Gaza and southern Israel have found evidence of war crimes and other serious violations of international law by all parties to the conflict.

Take action: Join Amnesty International in calling on the United Nations to take immediate steps to hold all sides to the conflict accountable for violations of international law.

Since June 2007, the entire population of 1.5 million Palestinians has been trapped in Gaza, with dwindling resources and an economy in ruins.


Israel/Occupied Palestinian Territories: UN Security Council must move from rhetoric to concrete measures for accountability and peace

Israel / OPT: Fuelling conflict: Foreign arms supplies to Israel/Gaza

Palestinian Authority: Hamas' deadly campaign in the shadow of the war in Gaza: Media Advisory

The conflict in Gaza: A briefing on applicable law, investigations and accountability

Read the background to the current conflict


Israeli authorities must stop demolitions of Palestinian homes

16 June 2010

A new Amnesty International briefing reveals how Israeli forces are destroying homes and other structures in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, claiming they have been built illegally.

Impunity for war crimes in Gaza and southern Israel a recipe for further civilian suffering

2 July 2009

Israeli forces killed hundreds of unarmed Palestinian civilians and destroyed thousands of homes in Gaza in attacks which breached the laws of war, according to a ne

Hamas waged a deadly campaign as war devastated Gaza

12 February 2009

Hamas gunmen have shot dead at least two dozen men and injured scores of others since the end of December last year.

Video: Researching allegations of war crimes in Israel and Gaza

30 January 2009

Following the outbreak of the recent conflict in Gaza and southern Israel on 27 December 2008 and then Israel's ground invasion of Gaza on 3 January 2009, Amnesty In

Video: The human rights implications of the Israel/Gaza conflict

14 January 2009

Amnesty International's Philip Luther explains the human rights issues involved in the Israel/Gaza conflict.

Video: Sixty years of human rights failure

27 May 2008

Amnesty International has challenged world leaders to apologize for six decades of human rights failure and re-commit themselves to deliver concrete improvements.


Destroyed building in Gaza, 1 January 2009

The task of reconstruction will be truly immense

4 February: "...we are still shocked and horrified by the scale of the destruction caused by the 22-day offensive the Israeli army launched on 27 December."

Donatella Rovera, Amnesty International researcher, takes testimonies on the site of Israeli attacks

Faulty intelligence, wanton recklessness, or a combination of the two

1 February: "...these are among the many victims of missiles fired from Israeli UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles), commonly known as drones."

Donatella Rovera, Amnesty International researcher, takes testimonies on the site of Israeli attacks

Journalists under fire

29 January: "Four Palestinian journalists were killed and several others were injured during the three-week conflict."

Rocket remants collected at Sderot police station, 28 January 2009

A day in southern Israel

28 January: "They can hold about five kilograms of explosives as well as shrapnel in the form of nails, bolts, or round metal sheets which rip into pieces on impact."

Donatella Rovera, Amnesty International researcher, takes testimonies on the site of Israeli attacks

Widespread destruction of homes

29 January: "...we have become exposed to the tragedies of so many families whose homes were destroyed and who are now homeless."

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