Local court in the Netherlands accuses Dutch forces of unlawfully bombing that killed 20 civilians in 2007
A late-night attack on a residential compound in Afghanistan by the Dutch forces has been ruled unlawful by a local court in the Netherlands. According to a report by Associated Press on Wednesday, November 23, the district court of The Hague has ordered the state to pay financial compensation for the attack to the victims.
The Dutch Court said, the attack that left over 20 civilians dead, violated the international humanitarian law. The proceedings of the court in this case started after four survivors of the attack brought a civil suit against the Dutch state, demanding compensation, the report said.
According to an argument by the Dutch defense ministry, the residential complex was being used by Taliban Fighters. But according to the report, the Dutch military did not have sufficient information, as the location has been used over 12 hours prior to the attack by the Taliban, who were no longer there.
The complex was hit by the military with munitions fired from f-16´s and helicopters as the Dutch were a part of the U.S. lead coalition in Afghanistan during the time.
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