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Palestinian minister goes to ICC over Israel offensive
Published Friday 25/07/2014 (updated) 26/07/2014 13:35
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Palestinian Foreign Minister Ryad al-Maliki (2nd R) looks on prior to
the start of an emergency session of the UN Human Rights Council on
July 23, 2014 at the United Nations Offices in Geneva
(AFP Fabrice Coffrini)
PARIS (AFP) -- A French lawyer said Friday he had lodged a complaint at the International Criminal Court on behalf of the Palestinian justice minister accusing the Israeli army of "war crimes."

More than 800 Palestinians have been killed in Israel's offensive in Gaza, launched on July 8 in response to Hamas militants firing rockets into Israel.

The complaint targets "war crimes committed by the Israeli army in June and July 2014 in Palestine" in the context of the operation known as Protective Edge, Gilles Devers told reporters.

"Israel, the occupying power, is carrying out a military operation which in principle and form violates the basis of international law," he said.

"Every day new crimes are committed and over 80 percent of the victims are civilians. Children, women, hospitals, UN schools ... the Israeli soldiers respect nothing.

"This is a military attack against the Palestinian population."

The Israeli offensive has left more than 5,200 Palestinians injured, according to emergency services in Gaza. Some 33 Israeli soldiers and three civilians have also died.

The Palestinian Authority, which has non-member observer state status at the United Nations, has not yet signed up to the Hague-based ICC, due to what Devers said were "political" quarrels over the Palestinians' status.

But according to Devers, the complaint is still valid.

The UN Human Rights Council is launching a probe into Israel's offensive in Gaza, with rights chief Navi Pillay saying Israel's military actions could amount to war crimes.
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1 ) Abdul / India
25/07/2014 21:29
The occupier Israel must not be allowed to make fun of UN&International law.Israel must be punished for the crime against humanity.

2 ) JoeFattal / USA
25/07/2014 22:50
Maybe they put an arrest warrant on Netanyahu. There its his turn to be on house arrest. They have done the same with Assad and his wife. But I don't believe it will go that far. Current Israeli Government will lose from within, another more moderate government will be in charge and peace will come to the Holy Land. Amen. Right that's what Israel needs "a man" to run the country not a thug.

3 ) Mel / USA
25/07/2014 23:23
4 all U"gentlemen"in the A/L, this young man(below)in Gaza has a message of truth 4U,echoing the sentiment of the WHOLE world.I don't have 2B ARABIAN to know he is correct! From'Kingly'cowards,shivering 'Sheiks',eunuch'Emirs',puppet EL'Presidents'& Ministers of'Prime'indifference,to'Barbarous Bibi the Ashkenazi as*hole to cowardly Obushma.Be told!And Eid Mubarak!https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=hEwCFhr350k

4 ) Outlier / USA
25/07/2014 23:32
Again, Palestinians looking for help anywhere and everywhere instead of helping themselves. Hamas started this war, Hamas miscalculated and now Palestinians want someone to stop it for them. Why didn't the Palestinian Minister demand Hamas call an immediate ceasefire? Oh, that's right, because it might make Hamas and Palestinians look stupider than they already look.

5 ) carine / UK
26/07/2014 16:47
Outliar/USA - You're the one looking stupid, Stupid! 'Hamas started this war.' Really? You have selective memory sonny - what happened before Hamas fired rockets, hmm? Amnesia set in has it?

6 ) Outlier / USA
27/07/2014 01:39
5., Sorry Carine, but it name-calling does not negate the facts. Hamas and its proxies had a truce with Israel following the 2012 conflict, but began violating the ceasefire almost immediately by firing missiles and mortars at Israel. The missile firings increased markedly beginning July 1, which led directly to Israel's response. If Hamas had changed its charter to recognize Israel's right to exist and dropped its "attack Israel" policy, none of this would have happened.
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