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Wednesday, 4 February 2009

Gaza and the Crimes of Mubarak

Just as many call for Olmert, Barak, Livni and the generals and soldiers who participated in this war to be prosecuted for violating international law and committing war crimes, Mubarak's own complicity makes him equally liable in facing similar charges, says Rannie Amiri.

As staggering as the statistics detailing Gaza's destruction may be, they still do not present a complete picture of the unique travesties and tragedies suffered by individuals, families, neighborhoods and villages during Israel's savage 22-day assault on the tiny territory. Yet, they bear repeating. From the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics ( and various NGOs:

- 1,334 killed, one-third of them children (more children than 'militants' were killed)

- 5,450 injured, one-third of them children

- 100,000 displaced, 50,000 made homeless

- 4,100 residential homes and buildings destroyed, 17,000 damaged (together accounting for 14 percent of all buildings in Gaza)

- 29 destroyed educational institutions, including the American International School

- 92 destroyed or damaged mosques

- 1,500 destroyed shops, factories and other commercial facilities

- 20 destroyed ambulances

- 35-60% of agricultural land ruined

- $1.9 billion in total estimated damages More