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UN rights chief warns of possible war crimes


GENEVA (AP) -- The U.N.'s top human rights official has warned all sides in the two-week war in the Gaza Strip to not indiscriminately attack civilians, and that violations may amount to war crimes.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said Wednesday around three-quarters of those killed in the Gaza Strip were civilians and thousands more have been injured.

At least 657 Palestinians and 31 Israelis have been killed during the conflict. Among the Palestinian dead, Pillay said there were at least 147 children and 74 women.

Pillay noted an Israeli drone missile strike in Gaza City that killed three children and wounded two others while they were playing on the roof of their home. She also referenced an Israeli strike and naval shelling that struck seven children playing on Gaza beach, killing four from the same family.

"These are just a few examples where there seems to be a strong possibility that international humanitarian law has been violated, in a manner that could amount to war crimes," Pillay told the 47-nation U.N. Human Rights Council.

Israel launched its operation in Gaza on July 8 in response to heavy rocket fire out of Hamas-controlled Gaza. The fighting escalated last week with an Israeli ground offensive.

Pillay also warned that Hamas and others were violating international law.

"Israeli children, and their parents and other civilians, also have a right to live without the constant fear that a rocket fired from Gaza may land on their houses or their schools, killing or injuring them," Pillay said.

"Once again, the principles of distinction and precaution are clearly not being observed during such indiscriminate attacks on civilian areas by Hamas and other armed Palestinian groups," she added.

Pillay said not abiding by those principles could amount to war crimes and crimes against humanity.

At the session, Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki accused Israel of committing a crime against humanity and violating international human rights law. Israeli Ambassador Eviatar Manor accused Hamas of committing war crimes.

'Strong Possibility' War Crimes Being Committed In Gaza

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jnel713 July 23 2014 at 11:08 AM

Get rid of the UN. Israel defending themselves is considered war crimes?

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blackbelt.ron July 23 2014 at 12:00 PM

Israel
Protects it's people with weapons.
Hamas
Protects it's weapons with people.!
If America
was attacked every day like Hamas attacks Israel then (I hope) our Obama Government would respond like Israel is responding.
War is indeed hell -
And that hell has been forced upon innocent people by Hamas.
All of these deaths and all of the harm
is due the war Hamas is waging...

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brousell July 23 2014 at 11:17 AM

they were warned to LEAVE...HAMAS are just EVIL bastards

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brousell July 23 2014 at 11:16 AM

you have to show Isrealies who were injured and killed also...dam it

BLAME HAMAS!!!!

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shelbuchman July 23 2014 at 11:22 AM

WHY ARE CHILDREN PLAYING ON
ROOFS OR PLAYING ON THE BEACH WHERE THE HELL ARE THEIR PARENTS. ARE THEY BEING SET UP AS MARTYRS?
WHY DON'T THEY JUST GET RID
OF THE HAMAS GOVERNMENT &
STOP THE VIOLENCE.

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lv2213frs July 23 2014 at 11:23 AM

Does the UN really think either side cares what they have to say?

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God Bless You lv2213frs July 23 2014 at 1:51 PM

To UN...shut up and try to solve the Ukranining conflict...accuse Russia of genocide, etc and leave poor tiny Israel in peace. Let them defend themselves. NYC should remove the UN from his building and let France, UK, Russia, etc. pay your salary and build you a building in their territroy. We are tire of these usless people telling us what to do at our expense.

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AOL is the Worst lv2213frs July 23 2014 at 1:54 PM

True the UN is a toothless joke.
Eliminate them. They have no clout and
are a bunch of self centered bungholes.
HAM-ASS's next target will be the UN building in NYC,
Mark my words.

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seabasskj July 23 2014 at 11:28 AM

Relax folks. The White House press secretary said just recently that Obama has "substantially improved the tranquillity of the global community". All this stuff about Russia, Syria, Iraq, Israel, and even our own border being invaded by illegals is just a bunch of baloney. Our Savior Obama has given us peace in the world, and will now go to work slowing the rise of the oceans, just wait and see.

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Patty July 23 2014 at 11:22 AM

Israel is way more guilty of war crimes slaughtering hundreds of children and civilians. I dont give a crap if they were warned or not. Were are they suppose to go. Israel would just love it if the Palestinians left. The hell with Israel. They have forgotten how they were tortured. Free Palastine. Everyone there is not Hamas.

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donstillings July 23 2014 at 11:06 AM

The apartheid system is itself a crime. There will be no peace until Israel changes.

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kriss29 July 23 2014 at 11:11 AM

Isreal will win the Battle and loose the war. The American people will never forget the savagrey Israel has shown to women and children. Nutty is the new face of Hitler!!

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