Israel opens new investigations into Gaza war ~ Al Jazeera and agencies.
Eighty-five legal examinations launched by the Israeli army are currently under various stages of review [Reuters]
|The Israeli military has ordered eight new criminal investigations into cases involving Palestinian civilian casualties in this summer’s Gaza war, a move that is seen as another attempt to head off international probe into the case.
More than 2,100 Palestinians, mostly civilians, were killed during the 50-day conflict, according to Palestinian and UN estimates.
While Israel is accused of deliberately targeting civilian infrastructures, Tel Aviv says the number of civilians killed was much lower than reported and accuses Hamas, the group ruling the strip, of using them as human shields.
On the Israeli side, 66 soldiers and six civilians died.
“While we’re all pleased about this development, we can’t really expect that these investigations will be effective,” Emily Omer-Man, legal director of the Yesh Din…
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