UN committee to probe war crimes in Gaza

August 12, 2014 - 2:25:04 am
A Palestinian family looks at the remains of homes in Jabalia, northern Gaza Strip, destroyed during fighting between Israel military and Hamas about four weeks ago, yesterday. A fresh 72-hour ceasefire has taken hold.



GENEVA: The UN yesterday named three experts to an international commission of inquiry into possible human rights violations and war crimes committed by both sides during Israel’s military offensive in the Gaza Strip.

William Schabas, a Canadian professor of international law, will head the panel whose other members are Doudou Diene, a veteran UN human rights expert from Senegal, and Amal Alamuddin, a British-Lebanese lawyer engaged to be married to Hollywood actor George Clooney. The team will investigate “all violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law ... in the context of the military operations since June 13,” a UN statement said, adding the panel is due to report by March.

Meanwhile, a semblance of normal life returned to Gaza as a 72-hour truce took hold and negotiators sat down in Cairo to seek a permanent end to hostilities. The Turkish-based Humanitarian Relief Foundation said it would send ships to challenge the Israeli blockade of Gaza.

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