Amnesty assails Israel, Hezbollah


Amnesty International assailed Israel and Hezbollah over crimes it said were committed during the Lebanon war.

The human rights group, issuing a report Thursday to coincide with the first anniversary of the 34-day conflict, said Hezbollah’s firing of rockets into northern Israel and Israel’s use of cluster bombs in Lebanon had constituted war crimes, but that neither side had taken steps to investigate such violations or compensate the victims.

Amnesty International further called on the U.N. Security Council to impose an arms embargo on both the Iranian-backed Lebanese militia and Israel.

Israel rejected the report, saying its wartime tactics were legitimate and that its investigative mechanisms are reliable. Hezbollah, which has defied a U.N. requirement that it disarm, had no immediate comment.

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