As for the report itself, I find it interesting that HRW has ruled out every option except a drone-fired mini-missile–emphases mine:
Human Rights Watch originally reported that the ambulances had been struck by missiles fired from an Israeli airplane, but that conclusion was incorrect. In its follow-up investigation, Human Rights Watch considered all of the possible sources for the missiles that hit the ambulances, including Israeli air plane fire, Israeli helicopter fire, Israeli drone fire, or Israeli artillery fire, as well as the possibility that the ambulances had been hit by a Hezbollah-fired Katyusha rocket or artillery.
A missile from an Israeli airplane can be ruled out, as such missiles would have caused much more massive destruction and have left a huge crater.
…[Katyusha and artillery rockets are ruled out]…
The limited damage and the high precision of the strikes on the ambulances suggest that the weapon was a smaller type of missile fired from an Israeli drone or helicopter. Israel is in possession of an arsenal of highly precise missiles that can be fired from either helicopters or drones and are designed to limit the damage to their targets. The Israeli-designed and manufactured SPIKE anti-armor missile system and the still experimental DIME (dense inert metal explosive) missile are examples of smaller missiles designed to cause smaller explosions and limit collateral damage.
The HRW report links to this site to explain the DIME reference. The only connection between DIME explosives and Israel is this:
In mid-October 2006 a team of investigative journalists at RAI Italian television reported that Israel had been using a new weapon in the Gaza Strip, similar to DIME – dense inert metal explosive. The report was produced by the same journalists who claimed without foundation that the US used White Phosphorus (WP) against civilians during attacks on Fallujah. According to the Israeli daily Haaretz, the weapon was launched from drones in the summer of 2006, most of them in July, and led to “abnormally serious” physical injuries.
All right, but how do these things work? Did these mystery missiles explode on top of the ambulance, tearing down the roof, or underneath it–which would have buckled the metal upwards instead of down?
I’m certainly not dismissing HRW’s report out of hand, but I don’t think it’s quite the slam dunk they think it is and it raises quite a few new questions. I look forward to Zombie’s response.