A Dutch court ruled on Wednesday the shelling by Dutch soldiers in Afghanistan’s Uruzgan province in 2007 was illegal. The court further added that the Netherlands should provide compensation to the victims.
A report by a war veteran questioning the legitimacy of this action in the Chora valley led the Dutch Defence Ministry to ask prosecutors to investigate this fatal bombing incident, two years ago.
The court in The Hague said in a statement on the matter said, “the Netherlands was responsible for the shelling of the houses. It was known these houses were inhabited by civilians. The State invoked the fact the Taliban used the houses for military purposes and thus that the bombing was not unlawful.”