Killing Palestinians in Gaza hostage rescue ‘war crime’: UN

Last Updated on June 12, 2024 9:01 am

The United Nations Human Rights Organization has said that Israel and Hamas have committed war crimes in the killing of Palestinians and the detention of hostages in densely populated areas in the name of rescuing four Israeli hostages in Gaza. The organization made this comment on Tuesday (June 11). Reuters news.

Israel said it carried out an airstrike on the Nuseirat refugee camp in central Gaza on Saturday (June 8) to rescue four hostages. They also said Hamas fighters were holding the hostages in two separate apartments.

According to Gaza health officials, more than 270 Palestinians have been killed in the operation.

Jeremy Lawrence, spokesman for the United Nations Human Rights Office, said, “The manner in which Israel has conducted operations in such densely populated areas violates the principles of distinction, proportionality, and precision under the laws of war.”

Lawrence also said that Palestinian armed groups, on the other hand, are holding Israeli hostages in such densely populated areas, and the lives of civilians; As well as putting the lives of the hostages at risk.

He said that both the actions of Israeli forces and Hamas fighters are war crimes.

Meanwhile, in response to the UN statement, Israel’s Permanent Mission to the UN in Geneva complained that the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights was slandering Israel.

More than 37,000 Palestinians have been killed by Israel’s continued attacks on Gaza since October 7.

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