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OHCHR found Israeli strikes on Gaza violated the laws of war

Natasha Kumar By Natasha Kumar Jun21,2024

OHCHR found that Israel's strikes on Gaza violated the laws of war

Photo: Volker Türk

The Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights said that Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip “may have repeatedly violated the fundamental principles of the laws of war.”

In a report published on Wednesday, 19 June, six airstrikes carried out by the IDF in the first weeks of the war in the Gaza Strip in October-December 2023 are being examined, Voice of America reports.

OHCHR confirmed that more than 200 people were killed in the strikes, including targets included residential buildings, a school, a market and refugee camps.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Volker Türk said Israel appeared to be making no attempt to differentiate between Palestinian civilians and Hamas militants during the bombings in the Gaza Strip.

Turk stressed that "civilian life and civilian infrastructure" are protected by international human rights law.

"This legislation sets out very clearly the obligations of parties to armed conflicts, according to which the protection of civilians is a priority.", – he said.

The report said that six attacks were believed to have used heavy bombs weighing between 113 and 907 kilograms.

The report also said that continued rocket attacks on Israel by Palestinian militants groups “are not consistent with their obligations under international humanitarian law.”

Prepared by: Sergey Daga

Natasha Kumar

By Natasha Kumar

Natasha Kumar has been a reporter on the news desk since 2018. Before that she wrote about young adolescence and family dynamics for Styles and was the legal affairs correspondent for the Metro desk. Before joining The Times Hub, Natasha Kumar worked as a staff writer at the Village Voice and a freelancer for Newsday, The Wall Street Journal, GQ and Mirabella. To get in touch, contact me through my 1-800-268-7116

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