Israeli killings of Palestinians at Gaza protests last year may amount to war crimes – UN inquiry

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FILE PHOTO Al-Buraj refugee camp in central of the Gaza Strip, clashes between Palestinians and Israeli troops along the eastern Gaza border © Global Look Press / Hassan Jedi / ZUMAPRESS.com

The Israeli military may have committed war crimes in 2018 when 189 Palestinians were killed and 6,100 wounded at Gaza protests, a UN human rights inquiry has found.

Palestinian demonstrators “did not pose an imminent threat of death or serious injury to others when they were shot, nor were they directly participating in hostilities,” the panel’s report said on Thursday, citing confidential information about those responsible for the killings.

The commission said every use of live fire during the protests was unlawful, while also calling on Palestinians to cease the use of incendiary kites and balloons.

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