World Bulletin/News Desk
The Israeli army has said that it ordered eight new probes into incidents that occurred during its 51-day offensive on the Gaza Strip this summer, Israeli media reported.
Military Advocate General Maj. Gen. Danny Efroni has ordered the new investigations into "exceptional incidents" that took place during the onslaught, Israeli daily Haaretz reported.
The new probes brought up the total of current criminal investigations by the army into incidents related to the Gaza onslaught to 13.
Among the new incidents that would be investigated is an airstrike on the home of a Palestinian family in Khan Younis on July 20, in which 27 Palestinians were killed.
Two other alleged incidents are also to probed, each involving the death of a Palestinian ambulance driver by the Israeli troops.
Earlier this year, two leading Israeli human rights organizations have accused the Israeli government of being unwilling to investigate rights violations committed during Israel's military onslaught on the Gaza Strip.
In the statement released by B'Tselem and Yesh Din, Israel's system of military law enforcement was slammed as "a complete failure."
Israel's offensive against the Gaza Strip, which was launched with the stated aim of ending rocket fire from the coastal enclave, finally ended with the announcement on August 26 of an open-ended cease-fire between Israel and Palestinian resistance factions.
The offensive left some 2,200 Palestinians dead and more than 11,000 others injured – the vast majority of them civilians – while partially or completely destroying thousands of residential structures across the territory.
According to Israeli figures, 68 Israeli soldiers and five civilians were killed over the course of the operation – the highest military death toll suffered by Israel since it lost 119 troops in its 2006 war on Lebanon.
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