Israeli attacks in Gaza may come under the purview of war crimes: UN human rights chief – israeli attacks in gaza may come under the purview of war crimes un human rights chief
Michel Bachelet’s remarks came after the UN’s top human rights body began a one-day special session to discuss the plight of Palestinians in the war that took place this month. He said that indiscriminate rocket firing by Hamas during the conflict was also a clear violation of the rules of war.
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights gave a detailed account of the developments in the Human Rights Council, “the extreme escalation of hostilities since 2014”. Before the ceasefire took place last week, there was widespread devastation and death in the Gaza Strip.
248 people, including 66 children and 39 women, died in Gaza in an 11-day conflict between the two sides. At the same time, 12 people, including two children, lost their lives in Israel.
“Air strikes in such densely populated areas have caused a large number of casualties, as well as large scale destruction of civilian infrastructure,” he said.
Bachlet said that if such actions were taken against civilians, “such attacks would come under the purview of war crimes.” In such a situation, he asked Israel to conduct a transparent, impartial investigation under international law, requesting accountability. .
Pointing unambiguously to Hamas’s move, he said that finding military access or launching attacks in densely populated civilian areas is a violation of international humanitarian law.
Bachlett said that Hamas indiscriminately fired rockets and its failure to distinguish between civilian and military installations is clearly a violation of international humanitarian law.
AP Ashish Uma
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