Isreali strikes on Gaza may be war crimes: UN rights chief
The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet has said on Thursday that Israeli strikes on Gaza may constitute war crimes.
According to Bachelet, there is no evidence that the targeted buildings were being used for military purposes.
“Although Israel undertook a number of precautions, such as advance warning of attacks in some cases, air strikes in such densely populated areas resulted in a high level of civilian fatalities and injuries, as well as the widespread destruction of civilian infrastructure,” the UN rights chief said.
She added that if found to be indiscriminate and disproportionate in their impact on civilians and civilian objects, such attacks may constitute war crimes.
Morover, Bachelet asked Hamas and other pro-Palestinian armed groups to refrain from use of indiscriminate rockets and mortars. She warned that there “must be accountability”.
Earlier on May 20 (last Thursday) , UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres described Gaza as “hell on earth” for children.
Before ceasefire was announced, 253 Palestinians, including 66 children, were killed amid Israel’s deadly air raids on Gaza along with its violent crackdown against protestors in the West Bank.
Meanwhile, Israel reported 12 deaths including two children as result of retaliation attempts from Hamas and other pro-Palestinians armed groups.