Israel military opens 8 new probes into Gaza war conduct

Israel’s military said it had opened eight new criminal investigations into its Gaza war operations, including cases involving the deaths of 30 Palestinians.

The internal inquiries could help Israel challenge the work of a U.N. Human Rights Council commission of inquiry into possible war crimes committed by its forces and Palestinian militants in the 50-day conflict in July and August. Israel has said it would not cooperate with the panel, accusing it of bias.

More than 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, were killed in seven weeks of fighting, according to the Gaza health ministry. Sixty-seven Israeli soldiers and six civilians in Israel were killed.

In an announcement late on Saturday, the military said it would investigate a July 20 air strike on the home of the Abu Jama family in the southern Gaza town of Khan Younis in which 27 Palestinians were killed. In all, about 85 incidents are under various stages of legal review by the military.

Israel has said that Hamas bears ultimate responsibility for civilian casualties because the Islamist group’s fighters operated in densely populated neighbourhoods.

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