U.N. Report: Possible war crimes by Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza battle

A building in the town of Beit Lahia in the Gaza Strip that was destroyed by Israeli shelling during a 51-day war in summer 2014, is seen here on Feb. 19, 2015. Photo by Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images

A building in the town of Beit Lahia in the Gaza Strip that was destroyed by Israeli shelling during a 51-day war in summer 2014, is seen here on Feb. 19, 2015. Photo by Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images

Israel and Palestinian militants committed “serious violations of international humanitarian law” that “may amount to war crimes” during last summer’s battle in the Gaza Strip, a U.N. report released Monday said.

The hostilities resulted in the killing of 1,462 Palestinian civilians and six Israeli civilians, according to an independent commission under the U.N. Human Rights Council.

The commission expressed concern about Israel’s use of weaponry including airstrikes, tanks and artillery shells, which though not illegal, were used in densely populated areas resulting in large numbers of civilian deaths.

The indiscriminate firing of thousands of rockets and mortars by Palestinians at Israel, meanwhile, “appeared to have the intention of spreading terror among civilians there.” The report also described the use of tunnels from Gaza to Israel that were used to attack Israeli soldiers.

You can read the full report here.

The post U.N. Report: Possible war crimes by Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza battle appeared first on PBS NewsHour.

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