Civilian Casualties Heighten High Cost of Israel-Gaza Conflict

Washington

In response to more than three weeks of fighting between Israel and Hamas and nearly 2,000 casualties, Freedom House issued the following statement:

“We urge all sides in the Israel-Gaza fighting to avoid civilian harm,” said David J. Kramer, president of Freedom House. “Every civilian death or injury, whether caused by artillery, ground forces, bombings or rockets, risks intensifying and prolonging a conflict that has already lasted generations. We urge all sides to respect civilians’ most basic and important human right, which is the right to life."

Learn more:
Freedom in the World 2014:  Israel
Freedom of the Press 2014:  Israel 
Freedom in the World 2014: Gaza Strip

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