This report is based on research conducted in Beirut, Qana, Srifa, and Tyre, Lebanon, from July 12 to August 1, 2006, by Peter Bouckaert, emergencies director at Human Rights Watch, and Nadim Houry, Lebanon and Syria researcher in the Middle East Division of Human Rights Watch. The report was written by Peter Bouckaert and Nadim Houry. Lucy Mair, researcher for Israel and the Occupied Palestinian Territories in the Middle East Division of Human Rights Watch, and Jonathan Fox, consultant to Human Rights Watch, contributed additional research from northern Israel and contacts with the Israel Defense Forces. Fred Abrahams, senior emergencies researcher at Human Rights Watch, coordinated the research effort and did additional research from New York.
The report was edited by Sarah Leah Whitson, executive director of the Middle East and North Africa division of Human Rights Watch, Wilder Tayler, legal and policy director at Human Rights Watch, Iain Levine, program director of Human Rights Watch, and Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch. Steve Goose, executive director of the arms division at Human Rights Watch, and other members of the arms division staff provided input and analysis on issues related to arms. Human Rights Watch associates Assef Ashraf, Thodleen Desssources, Tarek Radwan, and Leeam Azulay-Yagev greatly assisted with research and administrative support.
Human Rights Watch thanks the Lebanese human rights activists who assisted with our work, the many local and international journalists who freely shared their notes and observations with our researchers, the officials at the hospitals and centers for the displaced in Beirut who granted us repeated access, and most important the eyewitnesses and victims of the attacks documented in this report, who agreed to be interviewed at great length.