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25 Jan 2009 description

The Gaza crisis has provided a dramatic illustration of why we need an Arms Trade Treaty, according to IANSA.

Most media coverage of the conflict has ignored the importance of preventing arms transfers to the region. Yet weapons supplied from outside have been used in violations of international law resulting in large numbers of civilian deaths.

"Both sides in the Gaza conflict appear to have committed violations of international law," said Rebecca Peters, IANSA Director. "Yet some states continue to supply weapons to the protagonists.