This report was written by Miranda Sissons, researcher for the Middle East and North Africa division of Human Rights Watch. Miranda Sissons and Peter Bouckaert, Human Rights Watch senior researcher for emergencies, researched the report. The report was edited by Hanny Megally, executive director of the Human Rights Watch Middle East and North Africa division; Joe Stork, Washington director of the Middle East and North Africa division; and Human Rights Watch Program Director Malcolm Smart. Wilder Tayler, legal and policy director of Human Rights Watch, provided legal review. James Darrow, associate for the Middle East and North Africa division, provided mission support, additional research, and production assistance. Jonathan Horowitz, associate for the Program division; Patrick Minges, Human Rights Watch publications director; and Veronica Matushaj, Human Rights Watch photo editor, provided production assistance. Arianna Pelham and Leila Darabi undertook additional research.
The researchers wish to thank the many individuals and organizations who gave us invaluable assistance and advice. These include Addameer (West Bank), attorney Allegra Pacheco, Amnesty International, B'Tselem,
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