Friday, July 11, 2014

Israel's Gaza campaign may violate international law, says UN official

Orlando Crowcroft in Tel Aviv

Friday 11 July 2014 12.07 EDT

Israel's air campaign in Gaza may violate international laws prohibiting the targeting of civilians, the UN's top human rights official has said as the death toll of Palestinians rose to more than 100.

As international pressure continued to build on Israel to end its four-day conflict with Hamas and Palestinian militant groups in the enclave, Navi Pillay, the UN high commissioner for human rights, said the Israeli military must abide by international law. "We have received deeply disturbing reports that many of the civilian casualties, including of children, occurred as a result of strikes on homes," Pillay said.

"Such reports raise serious doubt about whether the Israeli strikes have been in accordance with international humanitarian law and international human rights law."

A Gaza health ministry spokesman said two Palestinians had been killed and three injured in an Israeli air strike on Friday that brought the death toll to 100.


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