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UN Investigation accusses Israel and Hamas of War Crimes

Monday, June 22, 2015 6:27
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A UN report has accused the Israeli army and Hamas of committing war crimes in Gaza during the war of 2014. The group of independent researchers led by the American Mary McGowan Davis requires Israel to provide further details on the targets hit during the offensive for further evaluation. The report also condemns the execution of suspected “collaborators” at the hands of Palestinian groups. “The scale of the devastation and human suffering in Gaza is unprecedented and will impact generations to come,” said McGowan Davis. The expert group accuses Israel of committing violations both in the context of hostilities in Gaza, as carrying out murder, torture and ill-treatment in the West Bank. Regarding Palestinian armed groups, the commission denounced the “indiscriminate nature of the projectiles fired at Israel and aimed to attack civilians, which violates international humanitarian law and may constitute war crimes.” “The commission collected substantial information pointing to serious violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law by both Israel and Hamas,” the study notes. In some cases, “these violations can be considered war crimes,” says the document. Israeli military operation against Gaza, conducted between July and August 2014, killed 2,251 Palestinians -1,462 of them civilians and 551 children-, while on the Israeli side there were 67 soldiers killed along with six civilians. Refugees on the own Land Along with the report on war crimes in Gaza, the UN informed that half the Palestinian people continue to be displaced and without access to a place they can call home. This situation takes place while conditions in Gaza continue to deteriorate with refugees taking shelter all over the Middle East. According to Christofer Gunness, spokesman for the United Nations Refugee Agency, (UNRWA), it is necessary for the international community to find a solution to the more than five million refugees that are trying to leave their own land due to war conditions and points out that thousands of them are being forced to undertake exile due to increased violence in the region. “The Palestinian refugees have been in a state of dispossession and exile for 67 years pending a political solution,” said Gunness, the most visible face of UNRWA, which calls “political actors to resolve what can only be described as a time bomb. “ “Sixty-five percent of the refugees are under 25, are marginalized, desperate and frustrated by the lack of a just solution and, in the current climate of the Middle East, with so many people standing up against governments and revolting themselves in various ways, the revolts are part of the fuel that could catch fire suddenly with very alarming and dramatic consequences, “he explained. The increasingly adverse situation in the region has given rise to new phenomena among Palestinian refugees. Some, escaping the war in Syria, have come back from exile and ended up in the Gaza Strip, while others have gone to sea in boats to try to reach European shores. “For Europeans it is important to realize that with the increasing regional vulnerability, the Palestinians find it difficult to achieve security and dignity in the Middle East, which increasingly means they will cross dangerous areas taken by rebels and risk their lives at sea to get to Europe,” said Gunness. Europeans “will have to decide whether to provide an on-site solutions in the Middle East, including through a properly funded UNRWA, or if they want to deal with the Palestinians when they reach Europe.” Read the rest below at the source link


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