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Israeli farmers to file lawsuit against Hamas movement

Sept. 3, 2018 11:57 A.M. (Updated: Sept. 5, 2018 4:02 P.M.)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Israeli farmers from Israeli communities surrounding the besieged Gaza Strip will be filing a lawsuit against the Hamas movement leaders before the International Criminal Court (ICC) in the Hague.

According to a Hebrew-language news outlet, Israeli farmers said that the lawsuit would be filed for violating international laws, including the launch of incendiary kites and balloons resulting in burning hundreds of dunams of open fields.

Israeli Channel 2 reported that the lawsuit will be filed against senior Hamas leaders, including Saleh al-Arouri, Khalid Mashaal and Zaher Jabarin; the lawsuit called upon ICC prosecutors to investigate alleged war crimes committed by the Hamas leaders.

Crimes against humanity are usually considered mass murder, however, the ICC declared that in certain circumstances destroying property can also be a crime against humanity.

The lawsuit will include photos of damages caused by incendiary objects launched by Palestinians from the Gaza Strip into southern Israel.

In July, it was reported that some 6,000 dunams (1482.6 acres) of agricultural produce as well as thousands of dunams of open fields were burned due to about 678 fires caused by incendiary kites and balloons flown from inside the Gaza Strip.

Palestinians in Gaza view the incendiary kites as a form of protest against Israel's nearly 12-year blockade of Gaza and for Palestinian refugees right of return to their homes and lands which are now known as Israel.
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