Hamas welcomes UN inquiry panel on Gaza violations
By Mustafa Haboosh, Tuesday, August 12, 2014
GAZA CITY – Palestinian resistance faction Hamas on Monday welcomed a decision by the United Nations Human Rights Council to form a committee to investigate alleged Israeli violations in the Gaza Strip.
"We welcome the council's decision to form an international inquiry panel into the war crimes in Gaza," Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zuhri said in a press release.
The rights council said Monday that its president Baudelaire Ndong Ella has ordered the formation of an international independent committee to investigate international and human rights law violations that might have been committed by Israel in the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
The new panel will be headed by William Schabas, a Canadian international law professor. Other committee members include Amal Alamuddin, a British-Lebanese lawyer, and Doudou Diene, a Senegalese and a former United Nations special rapporteur on contemporary forms of racism.
At least 1943 Palestinians have been killed and nearly 10,000 others injured in relentless Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip since July 7.
According to Israeli figures, at least 64 Israeli soldiers have been killed in battles with Palestinian fighters in the Gaza Strip, while three civilians were killed by Palestinian rocket attacks.
Israel and Gaza-based Palestinian factions are currently observing a three-day ceasefire that started on Monday to coincide with indirect talks in Cairo aimed at reaching a durable ceasefire.
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