Attacks by Israel on Gaza may constitute ‘war crimes’ UN rights chief

Israel’s recent fatal raid on Gaza could be a war crime, the UN Human Rights Officer added that they saw no evidence that the building attacked on Thursday was used for military purposes.

At a special meeting of the UN Human Rights Council, Michelle Bachelet expressed deep concern earlier this month over the surge in fatal violence between Israel and Palestine.

“Israel took several precautions, such as proactive warning of attacks in some cases, but air strikes in densely populated areas resulted in high levels of civilian deaths and injuries, as well as extensive destruction of civilian infrastructure.” Said the High Commissioner for Human Rights.

“If it turns out to be indiscriminate and disproportionate in its impact on civilians and civilians, such an attack could be a war crime.”

Before the armistice began last Friday, Israeli air raids and bombardment in Gaza killed 253 Palestinians, including 66 children, and 11 days of violence injured more than 1,900, the Gaza Ministry of Health said.

Rockets and other fires in Gaza have killed 12 people in Israel, including one child and one Arab-Israeli youth, medical staff say. About 357 people were injured in Israel.

“Hamas and all armed groups should refrain from using rockets and mortars indiscriminately,” Bachelette said.

“There is no doubt that Israel has the right to protect its citizens and residents,” she said. “But Palestinians also have rights. The same right.”

The UN Human Rights Officer stressed the scale of destruction in Gaza.

“Although known to target armed groups and their military installations, Israeli attacks have resulted in widespread civilian deaths and injuries, as well as massive destruction and damage to civilian objects,” she said.

She noted that government buildings, residential homes, international humanitarian organizations, medical facilities, and media offices have been damaged.

“Despite Israel’s claim that many of these buildings housed armed groups or were used for military purposes, we saw no evidence in this regard,” she said.

The 47-member council was recently discussing a draft resolution to initiate an extensive international investigation of “systematic” abuse within Palestinian territory and within Israel, as well as violations surrounding violence in Gaza.

“Unfortunately, the self-proclaimed world human rights champion continues to protect its occupants from global responsibility, providing literally weapons and ammunition for widely reported war crimes and apartheid crimes against the Palestinian people.” Representative Ambassador Khalil Hashmi spoke on behalf of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation.

Meanwhile, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyadh Al-Maliki said, “As an occupation and apartheid authority, Israel is continuing its crime, policy and law to unify the colony and apartheid systems.”

‘Israel Should Be Responsible’
At the UNHRC special meeting, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi once again emphasized the importance of the Commission’s mission to protect human rights and human dignity and the urgency of measures to ensure the realization of Palestine’s fundamental rights (right to life and self-determination). , He said on Twitter.

He said the Palestinians had once again faced a constant attack on their rights and dignity after two weeks of “cruel Israeli aggression”.

“Because of political convenience, the false equality between the victim and the perpetrator is clearly inaccurate and can be morally condemned,” Kuresh stressed.

The foreign minister said that the UNHRC “[] should hold the aggressor Israel accountable through international investigations.”

He added that Pakistan supported parliamentary deliberations and decisions and urged other countries to do the same.

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