EXCLAMATION POINTS

Second Lebanon War (2006):

[D]uring the final 72 hours of the conflict… Israel engaged in saturation cluster bombing, hitting more than 850 strike sites with millions of submunitions. According to the United Nations, 90 percent of Israel’s cluster munition strikes took place over this brief period. A commander of an IDF MRLS unit told a Ha’aretz reporter, ‘What we did was insane and monstrous; we covered entire towns in cluster bombs’. He said that, in order to compensate for the cluster rockets’ imprecision, his unit was ordered to ‘flood’ the area with them.

These strikes occurred after the UN Security Council had adopted Resolution 1701 on August 11 calling for an immediate ceasefire, but before the Lebanese and Israeli cabinets met individually to set the time for the formal ceasefire to take effect on August 14. At that time, Israel knew a settlement was likely to be imminent. (Human Rights Watch)

Operation Protective Edge (2014):

In the days immediately leading up to the ceasefire, Israeli forces launched attacks that destroyed three multistorey residential buildings in Gaza City and a modern commercial centre in Rafah, amid vague assertions that the residential buildings housed a Hamas command centre and ‘facilities linked to Palestinian militants’ but without providing any compelling evidence or explanation why. (Amnesty International, p. 199)

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