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July 13 2005: Netanya blast kills Israeli civilians

B'Tselem strongly condemns the attack in the Netanya Mall, in which four Israeli women were killed and many were injured. The bombing comes after a long period during which no Israeli citizens were killed in attacks inside Israel.

Attacks aimed at civilians undermine all rules of morality and law. Specifically, the intentional killing of civilians is considered a "grave breach" of international humanitarian law and a war crime. Whatever the circumstances, such acts are unjustifiable.

B'Tselem demands that the Palestinian Authority do everything within its power to prevent future attacks and to prosecute the individuals involved in yesterday's attack, as well as in past attacks.