On 12 July 2006, the suspect ordered the bombing of cities
and villages in Lebanon. The 34-day bombing of residential areas broke
international law. The aerial bombing and land assault ordered by the
suspect, killed approximately 1,200 people and injured about 4,400. During
the attack, the suspect ordered several thousand cluster bombs to be
dropped near residential areas in Lebanon, something forbidden under
international conventions. In total, about a million small bombs were
dropped, which led to the post war deaths of 30 people and the injury of
215, including 90 children.
In the summer of 2007, the suspect ordered the blockade of
1.5 million people in Gaza, preventing them from receiving adequate food,
water and electricity supplies and medication – all explicitly
prohibited under international law. In December 2008, the suspect ordered an
air, land and sea attack on the residents of Gaza, causing the rapid
destruction of residential areas and the deaths of 1,300 people - hundreds
of them children.
On 10 December 2008, Lebanese lawyers submitted a formal
complaint to the International Criminal Court, The Hague, Netherlands,
against the suspect and others, on suspicion of war crimes and crimes
against humanity for his part in the siege of Gaza. In March 2009, the
suspect will lose his diplomatic immunity.
Description of the suspect: a white man, about 60 years old,
above average height, balding, with blue eyes and a taste for cigars.
Photo courtesy of the Prime Minister's Office