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ICHR urges world to protect civilians in Gaza
Published Thursday 15/11/2012 (updated) 16/11/2012 15:12
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A 155mm mobile cannon is seen after it was transported to an area just
outside the northern Gaza Strip Nov. 15, 2012. (Reuters/Amir Cohen)
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestine's human rights ombudsman on Thursday called on the international community to urgently intervene to protect civilians in the Gaza Strip, as Israel launched a second night of airstrikes on the coastal strip.

The Independent Commission for Human Rights called on the world to "put an end to the unprecedented Israeli war crimes against civilians in the Gaza Strip, which already suffers difficult humanitarian conditions resulting from the Israeli siege."

Since Israel killed a senior Hamas commander on Wednesday, 16 Palestinians have died in the Israeli assault, termed 'Operation Pillar of Cloud.' Gaza militant groups claimed responsibility for firing a volley of rockets, which killed three Israelis early Thursday.

ICHR condemned the violence, and noted that the principles of international humanitarian law "do not justify the use of excessive force against civilians under any circumstances even under the pretext of targeting armed resistance. "

It called on the UN Security Council to fulfill "its responsibility in maintaining peace and security and ensure the safety of civilians under Israeli military occupation."

The group also urged signatories to the Fourth Geneva Convention to press Israel to meet its legal responsibilities.
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1 ) Maria / EU
15/11/2012 23:42
Gaza is no more under Israeli military occupation. Did ICHR urge world to protect civilians in Sderot, when hundreds of rockets were poured down on them? Do they think Israelis have human rights?

2 ) shirley / australia
16/11/2012 00:37
what abunch of hypocrites twhat they are in fact saying is Isreal can kill Hamas and its families but try not to hit civillians who are these traitors do they sayto hams tyou can retaliate but try not to kill civillians this tardy group has no respect for palestinian life as ISREAL started THIS and ISREAL fIRED FIRST SHOT and ISREAL is responsible FOR THE VIOLENCE ALONG WITH US and how dare they FATAH was wekll known Terrorist orgthis was aset up bUY US ISREAL and who else PALS HAVE RIGHT TO RES
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