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October 19, 2004
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Human Rights Watch accused Israel of using excessive force while hunting for arms smugglers in the Gaza Strip. “The pattern of destruction strongly suggests Israeli forces demolished homes wholesale, regardless of whether they posed a specific threat, in violation of international law,” the New York-based group said Monday in a 133-page report on Israeli sweeps of Rafah, a Palestinian town on the Gaza-Egypt border that sees regular arms smuggling through tunnels.

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