Israel accused of "war crimes"
BBC World Service, newsroom
Sunday, 9 January, 2000, 17:39 GMT
An Israeli human rights group has accused Israeli forces
and their allied militia, the SLA, of committing war crimes
in southern Lebanon.
Among alleged abuses highlighted by the group, B'Tselem,
are the extra-judicial detention and torture of Lebanese
citizens by the SLA and their imprisonment without trial
in Israel, where they're held as bargaining chips for
information on the fate of missing Israeli soldiers.
The group also criticises the expulsion of residents from
the Israeli-occupied zone in southern Lebanon and
indiscriminate firing that kills and wounds civilians.
The Israeli defence ministry said the report was full of