Israël admet avoir coulé un bateau de réfugiés libanais en 1982 - médias
The Times of Israël - 23 novembre 2018
La Dixième chaîne israélienne a révélé jeudi, après la levée de la censure militaire sur un incident remontant à 1982, qu’un sous-marin israélien a accidentellement coulé un bateau qui transportait des réfugiés et des ouvriers étrangers au large de la côte libanaise pendant la guerre du Liban de 1982, tuant 25 personnes.
Selon la Dixième chaîne, l’incident est survenu au large de Tripoli, au nord du Liban, au mois de juin 1982, alors qu’Israël avait imposé un blocus naval au pays.
Un ancien officier de Tsahal ayant enquêté sur l’incident a confié à la Dixième chaîne ne pas partager le même point de vue.
Le colonel à la retraite Mike Eldar, qui était à la tête de la 11e flotille pendant la guerre, a estimé que le capitaine avait agi de manière inappropriée et il a accusé Israël de tenter de couvrir l’incident.
« Nous avons des règles d’engagement même dans les sous-marins : on n’ouvre pas le feu sur un bateau simplement parce qu’on a peut-être des soupçons », a-t-il déclaré à la Dixième chaîne, ajoutant que le sous-marin aurait dû faire venir un bateau de patrouille pour enquêter.
Eldar a expliqué qu’il avait tenté, depuis des décennies, à faire reconnaître cet incident par Israël.
US Wars in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan Killed 500,000 People - News From Antiwar.com
Brown University has released a new study on the cost in lives of America’s Post-9/11 Wars, in Iraq, Afghanistan, and Pakistan. The study estimates between 480,000 and 507,000 people were killed in the course of the three conflicts.
This includes combatant deaths and civilian deaths in fighting and war violence. Civilians make up over half of the roughly 500,000 killed, with both opposition fighters and US-backed foreign military forces each sustaining in excess of 100,000 deaths as well.
This is admittedly a dramatic under-report of people killed in the wars, as it only attempts to calculate those killed directly in war violence, and not the massive number of others civilians who died from infrastructure damage or other indirect results of the wars. The list also excludes the US war in Syria, which itself stakes claims to another 500,000 killed since 2011.
The Tragedy of Saudi Arabia’s War - The New York Times
Chest heaving and eyes fluttering, the 3-year-old boy lay silently on a hospital bed in the highland town of Hajjah, a bag of bones fighting for breath.
His father, Ali al-Hajaji, stood anxiously over him. Mr. Hajaji had already lost one son three weeks earlier to the epidemic of hunger sweeping across Yemen. Now he feared that a second was slipping away.
It wasn’t for a lack of food in the area: The stores outside the hospital gate were filled with goods and the markets were bustling. But Mr. Hajaji couldn’t afford any of it because prices were rising too fast.
“I can barely buy a piece of stale bread,” he said. “That’s why my children are dying before my eyes.”
The devastating war in Yemen has gotten more attention recently as outrage over the killing of a Saudi dissident in Istanbul has turned a spotlight on Saudi actions elsewhere. The harshest criticism of the Saudi-led war has focused on the airstrikes that have killed thousands of civilians at weddings, funerals and on school buses, aided by American-supplied bombs and intelligence.
But aid experts and United Nations officials say a more insidious form of warfare is also being waged in #Yemen, an economic war that is exacting a far greater toll on civilians and now risks tipping the country into a #famine of catastrophic proportions.
U.S.-led coalition kills over 3,000 civilians since 2014: war monitor - Xinhua | English.news.cn
DAMASCUS, Oct. 23 (Xinhua) — The U.S.-led coalition has killed as many as 3,222 civilians since its operations started in Syria in 2014, a war monitor reported Tuesday.
A total of 768 children and 562 women were among those killed by the strikes of the U.S.-led coalition in the northern provinces of Hasakah, Raqqa, Aleppo, Idlib and the eastern province of Deir al-Zour, said the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
The strategies of the coalition in the yeman War.
Aerial bombardment and food war.
PDF : ▻https://sites.tufts.edu/wpf/files/2018/10/Strategies-of-Coalition-in-Yemen-War.pdf
This report gives an overview not available elsewhere of the impact
of the Coalition bombing campaign on food production and
distribution in rural Yemen and on fishing along the Red Sea coast.
The timing of its release appears opportune. Press coverage of this
forgotten war has increased; there is some diplomatic and political
movement; and the report on human rights violations during the
Yemen war, prepared under the aegis of the Group of Eminent Experts, has been submitted to the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.¹
Warnings of the risk of mass starvation echo ever more shrilly.²
It is high time that citizens, parliamentarians and civil organisations
to do all they can to end a conflict now well into its fourth year. On
the 6 September, a new UN-appointed mediator had announced
discussions between two major Yemeni parties in the war (the internationally
recognized Government of Yemen led by Abd-Rabbuh
Mansour Hadi, based between al-Riyadh and Aden, and the “Salvation/Rescue Government” of Ansarallah and allies based in Sanʿaʾ, internationally designated as “the Houthi rebels” or “the de-facto power”). Following this announcement, the talks were postponed in the wake of a failure to provide certain safe passage for the delegation from Sanʿaʾ.
Mounting civilian casualties and recent atrocities resulting from
Coalition bombing have brought press and political reaction to
this long war.³ As part of the attack begun in June 2018 with the
objective of taking the city of al-Hudayda, on 2 August the central
fish market and the entrance to the main public hospital (to which
wounded persons were being taken) were attacked.⁴ In the week
U.S.-led fight on Islamic State killed more than 1,100 civilians: Pentagon
The military’s official tally is far below those of outside organizations. The monitoring group Airwars says at least 6,575 civilians have been killed by coalition strikes.
U.N. concerned over spike in civilian casualties in Afghan air strikes | Reuters
airstrikes by U.S. or government forces
#Yémen : l’#ONU déclare « perdre le combat contre la #famine »
L’effondrement du Yémen n’est plus qu’une question de temps. C’est le constat dressé par Mark Lowcock, le directeur des Affaires humanitaires de l’ONU : « Nous perdons notre combat contre la famine. Nous pourrions approcher un point de non-retour au-delà duquel il sera impossible d’éviter de nombreuses pertes de vies humaines dues à une famine généralisée dans le pays. »
Tamara Nassar on Twitter: “Israeli newspaper Haaretz openly says Israel is targeting innocent civilians and densely populated areas to punish Hamas. An admission of open, collective, arbitrary massacre of civilians. ▻https://t.co/f64meXitwu”
“After the rocket was fired at Beersheva, the IDF began to attack civilian targets, including population centers, with the goal of causing the residents to understand the price of escalation and placing Hamas in a problematic situation” (h/t MairavZ)."
« לאחר ירי הרקטה לעבר באר שבע החל צה »ל לתקוף יעדים אזרחיים, גם בריכוזי אוכלוסייה. המטרה : לגרום לתושבים להבין את מחיר ההסלמה ולהעמיד את חמאס במצב בעייתי"
That’s the hebrew line in Haaretz.
A total of 42,972 people were killed or injured by explosive weapons in 2017. Of these people, 31,904 (three out of every four) were civilians. This is a 38 per cent increase in civilian deaths compared to 2016. Moreover, 92 per cent of those reported harmed by explosive weapons in populated areas were civilians. Explosive weapons include aircraft bombs, artillery shells, missile and rocket warheads, mortar bombs and improvised explosive devices.
Israeli Supreme Court rejects challenge to open-fire rules
Cour Suprême d’#Israël : il est licite de tirer sur des civils désarmés.
Six human rights groups had asked the court to declare as unlawful any regulations that allow soldiers to open fire at unarmed civilians.
Snipers ordered to shoot children, Israeli general confirms | The Electronic Intifada
A recording of the interview is online (it begins at 6:52). The interview was translated for The Electronic Intifada by Dena Shunra and a full transcript follows this article.
2017 saw a 38% increase in civilian deaths from explosive #violence, new report finds. | AOAV
As the U.S. and the U.K. appear to be gearing up for more air-strikes over Syria, Action on Armed Violence (AOAV) releases today its findings from its analysis of explosive weapon harm as seen in 2017. Last year, AOAV recorded 42,972 deaths and injuries from the use of explosive weapons around the world, as reported in English language media.
This comprises the highest number of civilian deaths since we began our monitor in 2011 – some 16,289 – a 38% increase compared to the previous year, and a 165% increase from 2011.
Israeli minister praises viral video sniper - BBC News
Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman told reporters the sniper “deserves a medal”, though he added that the soldier who filmed the incident deserved “a demerit”.
Une vidéo montre des soldats israéliens crier de joie après un tir de sniper sur un Palestinien
How Many Millions of People Have Been Killed in America’s Post-9/11 Wars? – Part One: Iraq – Consortiumnews
But no crime, however horrific, can justify wars on countries and people who were not responsible for the #crime committed, as former Nuremberg prosecutor Ben Ferencz patiently explained to NPR at the time.
#Armes au #Yémen : la #France mise en cause - Amnesty International France
En tant que partie au Traité sur le commerce des armes , la France s’est engagée à ne pas autoriser les transferts d’armements dès lors qu’il existerait un risque prépondérant ou clair que ces armes puissent être utilisées pour commettre ou faciliter des #violations graves du #droit international humanitaire (DIH).
Les violations du droit humanitaire par la coalition ont eu lieu de façon « généralisée et systématique » depuis le début du conflit selon les Nations unies : attaques de #civils et de biens civils (bombardements de marchés, hôpitaux, commerces ou écoles), conséquences tragiques du blocus sur les #civils et utilisation d’armes prohibées telles que les bombes à sous-munitions.
Des tactiques d’#annihilation...
Fight against ISIS has shifted to “annihilation tactics,” Mattis says - CBS News
... à l’annihilation des responsabilités
They’re Still Pulling Bodies Out of ISIS’ Capital
An investigation by Airwars.org shows that Coalition-inflicted casualties were vastly higher than acknowledged, and the Trump administration doesn’t want to know.
US, Britain and France inflicted worst destruction ’in decades’ killing civilians in Isis-held city of Raqqa, report says | The Independent
#Israël et territoires palestiniens occupés 2017/2018 | Amnesty International
Le mois de juin a marqué les 50 ans d’occupation des territoires palestiniens par Israël et le début de la 11e année de son #blocus illégal de la bande de #Gaza, véritable sanction collective imposée aux quelque 2 millions d’habitants, qui vivent dans une situation d’urgence humanitaire croissante. Les autorités israéliennes ont intensifié l’extension des #colonies et des infrastructures qui y sont liées dans toute la #Cisjordanie, y compris à #Jérusalem-Est, et sévèrement restreint la #liberté de circulation des #Palestiniens. Les forces de sécurité israéliennes ont tué illégalement des #civils palestiniens, dont des #enfants, et placé illégalement en détention en Israël des milliers de Palestiniens des territoires occupés. Plusieurs centaines d’entre eux ont ainsi été maintenus en détention administrative sans inculpation ni jugement. La #torture et les autres mauvais traitements restaient une pratique courante contre les détenus, y compris #mineurs, et ce en toute #impunité. Israël a continué de démolir des habitations palestiniennes en Cisjordanie et dans des villages palestiniens situés en Israël, et d’en expulser de force les habitants. Des objecteurs de conscience au service militaire ont été emprisonnés. Plusieurs milliers de demandeurs d’asile africains étaient menacés d’expulsion.
The Angry Arab News Service/وكالة أنباء العربي الغاضب: How the #New_York_Times phrases Israeli orders to kill Arab civilians
Look at this: “In the wake of the Nahariya atrocity, Raful Eitan, the I.D.F. general, gave the regional commander Avigdor Ben-Gal a simple order: “Kill them all,” meaning all members of the P.L.O. and anyone connected to the organization in Lebanon .” Members of the PLO? There was no card carrying membership of the PLO. All Palestinians considered themselves members of the PLO. And if you add "anyone connected to the PLO in Lebanon, you have more than half the Lebanese population added to the Palestinian population in Lebanon. This explains why this order was translated into the murder of thousands of Lebanese and Palestinian civilians in Lebanon. This is the nature of Israeli terrorism which Arabs won’t forgive and why most won’t settle for anything less than the dismantlement of the racist terrorist state of Israeli occupation.
Using Israeli data, study finds rubber bullets cause significant fatalities | The Times of Israel
A total of 1984 people were injured, they found, of whom 53 (three percent) died.
“Some 300 (15.5 percent) of all survivors were left with permanent disability as a direct result of the rubber bullet impact they sustained — usually to the head and neck,” the team said in statement.
“Blindness, and removal of the spleen, or a section of the bowel as a result of abdominal injuries, accounted for most of this disability.”
Also known as kinetic impact projectiles (KIPs) or rubber baton rounds, rubber or plastic bullets were introduced by the British army in the 1970s for use against rioters in Northern Ireland, deployed against South African protesters in the 1980s, and adopted by the security forces of #Israel and further afield.
U.S. airstrikes rise sharply in #Afghanistan — and so do civilian deaths – Los Angeles Times
The lone survivor of the Aug. 10 blast in Nangarhar province, and Afghan officials who visited the site, said the truck was hit by an American airstrike shortly before 5 p.m. Relatives expressed horror that U.S. ground forces and surveillance aircraft could have mistaken the passengers, who included women and children riding in the open truck bed — in daylight with no buildings or other vehicles around — for Islamic State fighters.
Strong Evidence that U.S. Special Operations Forces Massacred Civilians in Somalia
The details that emerged paint a damning picture of at least one U.S. ground operation in the African nation. This includes U.S. Special Operators firing upon unarmed civilians, using human intelligence from sources widely considered untrustworthy to Somalis in the region as well as government officials, and instructing their Somali counterparts to collect weapons that were being stored inside a home—not displaced on the field in the course of the firefight—and placing them beside the bodies of those killed prior to photographing them. In the aftermath of the incident, according to our sources, American diplomats also pressured the Somali government to bury the unfavorable findings of a Somali Federal Government-led investigation.
The Uncounted - The New York Times
We found that one in five of the coalition strikes we identified resulted in civilian death, a rate more than 31 times that acknowledged by the coalition. It is at such a distance from official claims that, in terms of civilian deaths, this may be the least transparent war in recent American history. Our reporting, moreover, revealed a consistent failure by the coalition to investigate claims properly or to keep records that make it possible to investigate the claims at all.