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20 May 2004
Press Release No. HQ/G/12/2004
20 May, 2004
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
House Demolitions in Rafah Resume
UNRWA is extremely concerned at concurring independant eye witness reports just received that the Israel Defense Forces have started to demolish houses in Rafah with their inhabitants still inside and prevented from exiting the buildings.
UNRWA calls on the IDF to halt its demolition of houses immediately and discontinue the humanitarian tragedy it is wreaking on the largely civilian population of Rafah.
UNRWA fully recognizes the right of the State of Israel to defend itself and its people. The military actions of the last few days are in violation of Israel’s obligations under international law and will do nothing to safeguard Israel’s security or facilitate the resumption of serious attempts to find a solution to the conflict.
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