Hamas says forming Gaza comission for Israeli war crimes

The Minister of Justice in Gaza called on all international and local legal and humanitarian organizations to coordinate with the new commission.

Hamas says forming Gaza comission for Israeli war crimes

Hamas government in the Gaza Strip announced on Saturday that it is forming a commission to document psosible war crimes committed by Israel in the Gaza Strip, Ma'an news agency reported.

The Minister of Justice in the Hamas-run government, Muhammad Faraj Al-Ghoul said that "he would pursue legal action against Israeli leaders in international and legal courts for the atrocities they committed in Gaza."

Al-Ghoul called on all international and local legal and humanitarian organizations to coordinate with the new commission.

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said during Gaza visit, he expected Israel to provide urgently a full explanation of attacks on U.N. facilities in Gaza and said those responsible must be held accountable.

The Geneva-based U.N. Human Rights Council had last week said it would send a fact-finding mission to investigate Israeli assault in Gaza.

MAZLUMDER, Turkish human rights group, also went to Gaza to probe violations during Israeli bombings and assault.

The 47-member UN Human Rights Council, based in Geneva, voted by a large majority on January 12 to set up a probe into grave human rights violations by Israeli forces against Palestinians.

Israel killed more than 1,300 Palestinians, a third of them children in the 22-day military aggression on Gaza and wounded 5,300 Palestinians, and Gaza infrastructure suffered massive damage totaling some 476 million dollars, according to Palestinian medics and officials.

Israel has come under fire for using excessive force during the conflict with Amnesty International accusing the Jewish state of war crimes.

Israel has given the justice minister the work to avoid the calls of war crimes during its 22-day Gaza assault and also banned identifying Israeli soldiers involved in offensive.

Israeli massive offensive also destroyed UN schools and the main aid headquarters where tonnes of food was stocked were bombed beside mosques, hospitals, government buildings.

Counter-steps

Meanwhile, Israel took counter-steps to prevent war crimes trials and army said it would not reveal the names of the battalion commanders who oversaw the assault in the overcrowded slums and cities of Gaza "on the ground that they could face arrest and prosecution for war crimes if they travelled abroad".

The United Nations agency responsible for looking after Palestinian refugees has released photographs of what appears to be white phosphorus raining down on a UN school in Beit Lahiya on January 17.

The pictures show terrified Palestinians fleeing from burning lumps of the material, which can burn through skin to the bone. Paramedics sprint away from the incandescent core of the explosion as it engulfs a Red Crescent ambulance, before they return with stretchers to evacuate the victims.

Amnesty International, which has investigators in Gaza, said that it had found indisputable evidence that white phosphorus was used by Israeli forces in densely populated areas.

Eight Israeli human rights groups have also called on the Israeli government to investigate given the scale of the casualties, describing the number of dead women and children as terrifying.

Agencies

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