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Demands grow for Gaza war crimes investigation

January 15, 2009
Guardian
1/13/2009

The Israeli military are accused of:

  •  Using powerful shells in civilian areas which the army knew would cause large numbers of innocent casualties;
  •  Using banned weapons such as phosphorus bombs;
  •  Holding Palestinian families as human shields;
  •  Attacking medical facilities, including the killing of 12 ambulance men in marked vehicles;
  •  Killing large numbers of police who had no military role.

Israeli military actions prompted an unusual public rebuke from the International Red Cross after the army moved a Palestinian family into a building and shelled it, killing 30. The surviving children clung to the bodies of their dead mothers for four days while the army blocked rescuers from reaching the wounded.

Human Rights Watch has called on the UN security council to set up a commission of inquiry into alleged war crimes.

Two leading Israeli human rights organisations have separately written to the country’s attorney general demanding he investigate the allegations.

But critics remain sceptical that any such inquiry will take place, given that Israel has previously blocked similar attempts with the backing of the US.

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