Amnesty International claims Israeli forces committed war crimes

Military action killed 135 Palestinian civilians in one day

Amnesty International Claims Israeli Military Committed War Crimes
There is "strong evidence" of war crimes commissioned and committed by the Israeli military during the conflict in Gaza last year, according to a report published by Amnesty International.

Israeli forces have been accused of carrying out war crimes during a day of "carnage" in the Gaza Strip that has been called Black Friday, reports The Independent.

The report into alleged atrocities in Rafah during last year's conflict with Hamas claims Israeli forces killed at least 135 Palestinian civilians, including 75 children, following the capture of a soldier.

Lieutenant Hadar Goldin, 23, was with a unit searching for tunnels between Gaza and Israel when a fight started with militants and he disappeared on 1 August 2014.

'Shocking disregard for civilian lives'

Philip Luther, director of Amnesty International's Middle East programme, claimed that the "relentless and massive bombardment" that ensured in residential areas of Rafah was a direct response to the capture and displayed a "shocking disregard for civilian lives".

"They carried out a series of disproportionate or otherwise indiscriminate attacks, which they have completely failed to investigate independently," he added.

"This report presents an urgent call for justice that must not be ignored.

"The combined analysis of hundreds of photos and videos, as well as satellite imagery and testimony from eyewitnesses, provides compelling evidence of serious violations of international humanitarian law by Israeli forces which must be investigated."

The report, 'Black Friday': Carnage in Rafah, was compiled with Goldsmiths University's London-based researchers Forensic Architecture and covers incidents over four days starting on 1 August, when a ceasefire broke down.

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