RAMALLAH, August 19 (JMCC) - The United Nations Wednesday released submissions made by Israel
and the Palestinian Authority
in response to a report charging that war crimes were carried out during Israel's war in Gaza
in late 2008. Hamas
, also cited in the report, did not submit a response.
The U.N. chief introduced the 247-page report with brief observations that made no comment on the submissions by Israel or the Palestinians, which were requested by the General Assembly. He said it was important to respect international human rights and humanitarian law and expressed hope that steps will be taken wherever there are credible allegations of violations.
Last November, the 192-member world body gave Israel and the Palestinians three months to undertake independent, credible investigations into the findings of a U.N.-appointed expert panel chaired by South African Judge Richard Goldstone. In February, it gave both sides an additional five months to conduct their inquiries.
The 575-page Goldstone report concluded that both sides committed war crimes and possible crimes against humanity during the Gaza war, in which 13 Israelis and almost 1,400 Palestinians were killed, including many civilians.
Human Rights Watch criticized the UN secretary general for not making more substantial comments about the submissions and how they were lacking.Read
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