Israel used disproportionate force in Gaza war: UN
Israel used disproportionate force during its assault on Gaza eight months, a UN fact-finding report said.
Israel used disproportionate force during its assault on the Gaza Strip eight months ago and failed to take precautions to minimize loss of civilian life, a UN fact-finding report said Tuesday.
"The Gaza military operations were directed by Israel at the people of Gaza as a whole, in furtherance of an overall policy aimed at punishing the Gaza population, and in a deliberate policy of disproportionate force aimed at the civilian population," said the report.
U.N. investigator Richard Goldstone recommended to the U.N. Security Council that it demand that Israel launch investigations into possible crimes committed by its forces that are "independent and in conformity with international standards" and establish a committee of human rights experts to monitor any such proceedings, Reuters said.
If Israel fails to do so, then the 15-nation council should refer the situation in Gaza to the prosecutor of the International Criminal Court in The Hague, the summary of his nearly 600-page report on the fact-finding mission's conclusions said.
A Gaza observer group has said over 900 of more than 1,434 Palestinians killed in the conflict were civilians.
Israel reacted quickly, saying in a statement issued by its diplomatic mission in Geneva that it did not cooperate with Goldstone's investigation.
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