UN investigators call for inquiry into possible war crimes during Israel’s attack on Gaza

BMJ 2009; 338 doi: (Published 25 March 2009) Cite this as: BMJ 2009;338:b1271
  1.  John Zarocostas
  1. 1 Geneva

     United Nations investigators have called for an independent inquiry to be conducted into allegations of war crimes during Israel’s recent 22 day onslaught on the Gaza Strip.

    They say that the targeting of ambulances, hospitals, and other healthcare facilities, attacks on densely populated civilian areas, and obstructions of people fleeing the conflict all warrant investigation.

    “Considering that the attacks were directed at densely populated areas, it was to some extent inevitable and certainly foreseeable that hospitals, religious, and educational sites and United Nations facilities would be hit and that extensive civilian casualties would result,” said Richard Falk, the UN’s special rapporteur on the …

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