‘War crimes’ likely by both sides in 2014 Gaza conflict, says UN

‘War crimes’ likely by both sides in 2014 Gaza conflict, says UN

UN report claiming “substantial information” that both Israel and Palestinians committed war crimes during Gaza conflict rejected by both sides .

Both Israel and Palestinian militants committed grave violations during last year’s Gaza conflict that may amount to war crimes, a widely anticipated United Nations report said on Monday, decrying the “unprecedented” devastation and human suffering.

The Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 Gaza conflict announced it had gathered “substantial information” and “credible allegations” that both sides had committed war crimes during the conflict, which killed more than 2,140 Palestinians, most of them civilians, and 73 people on the Israeli side, mostly soldiers.

“The extent of the devastation and human suffering in Gaza was unprecedented and will impact generations to come,” the chair of the commission, New York judge Mary McGowan Davis, said in a statement.

The report decried the “huge firepower” used in Gaza, with Israel launching more than 6,000 airstrikes and firing 50,000 artillery shells during the 51-day operation.

A third of the civilians killed were children.
Palestinian armed groups meanwhile fired 4,881 rockets and 1,753 mortars towards Israel, killing six civilians and injuring at least 1,600 others (…)