According to Israeli soldiers who took part in the three-week offensive, the destruction of the area, a known Hamas stronghold, was designed to send a wider message to Gazans. “We pounded Zeitoun into the ground,” an Israeli soldier who was deployed in the area, told The Times.
“We knew everything was booby-trapped, we knew that they would try to kidnap us and if they did that was the end, we were finished . . . so we took no chances. We pounded them with fire; they never had a chance.”....
Al-Jazeera English reports on how Amnesty International is on the ground in Gaza, collecting evidence of illegal military tactics used during the war:
Israeli Leftists Draw Up Blacklists of Officers Who Fought in Gaza
Israel Pays Unprecedented Sum of 1.5 million pounds to Family of British Journalist Slain by Soldiers in Gaza in 2003