U.N. warns of possible Israel Gaza 'war crimes'

Jul 23, 2014, 7:28 AM EDT
UN human rights chief Navi Pillay addresses a press conference in Colombo on August 31, 2013.
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The UN's top human rights official has condemned Israel's military actions in the Gaza Strip, saying that war crimes may have been committed. Navi Pillay told an emergency debate at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva that Israel's military offensive had not done enough to protect civilians. She also condemned Hamas for "indiscriminate attacks" on Israel. Israel launched its offensive on 8 July with the declared objective of stopping rocket fire from Gaza. "There seems to be a strong possibility that international law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes," Ms Pillay said. However Israel, which claims the UN Human Rights Council is biased, is unlikely to co-operate with any authorised UN investigation, the BBC's Imogen Foulkes in Geneva reports.


U.N.'s Navi Pillay warns of Israel Gaza 'war crimes' [BBC]