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Israel, Hamas committing war crimes: Pillay

July 31, 2014 05:24 pm | Updated November 16, 2021 05:30 pm IST - GENEVA

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay.

The U.N.’s top human rights official is accusing Israel and Hamas militants of committing war crimes in the latest Gaza war.

U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay says that by placing and firing rockets within heavily populated areas both sides are committing “a violation of international humanitarian law, therefore a war crime”.

Ms. Pillay also told reporters on Thursday in Geneva that she sees “a recurrence of the very acts” from the 2009 Gaza war in which the U.N. concluded Israel deliberately targeted civilians and might have committed war crimes, along with Hamas.

Around 1,300 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and 59 Israelis, mainly soldiers, have been killed in the latest violence.

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