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Israel likely to have committed Gaza war crimes: HRW

Destroyed homes line a street in Gaza City's Shejaiya neighbourhood, which was one of the hardest hit by the fighting between Hamas militants and Israel, August 27, 2014Israel is likely to have committed war crimes in Gaza, Human Rights Watch said Thursday, a day after the army announced five criminal investigations into incidents involving its forces. The 50-day Gaza war between Israel and Hamas-led militants ended on August 26 after killing more than 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, and 73 people on the Israeli side, 67 of them soldiers. The New York-based rights watchdog said in a statement that in three cases it examined, Israel caused “numerous civilian casualties in violation of the laws of war”.

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