UN Warns of Possible War Crimes in Gaza Conflict

UN Raises Concerns over Gaza Civilian Killings: Potential War Crimes

The United Nations Human Rights Office has condemned the Israeli operation in Gaza, alleging that it could constitute war crimes. The raid, conducted in a residential area, resulted in the deaths of over 270 Palestinians, according to Gazan health officials.

UN spokesperson Jeremy Laurence questioned the adherence of Israeli forces to principles of distinction, proportionality, and precaution under the laws of war. He also criticized armed groups for holding hostages in densely populated areas, increasing the risk to civilians.

Israeli-Palestinian Conflict Escalates

The Gaza conflict erupted when Hamas fighters attacked Israel, triggering an Israeli bombardment and invasion that has claimed over 37,000 Palestinian lives. During the October 7th fighting, gunmen seized approximately 250 hostages, subsequently releasing over 100 in exchange for Palestinian prisoners. Despite Israeli claims that 40 of the remaining hostages are deceased, Hamas insists that 116 hostages are still held captive.

Ceasefire and Negotiations

Hamas has expressed willingness to negotiate the ceasefire proposed by the UN Security Council. Senior Hamas official Sami Abu Zuhri stated that the US should ensure Israeli compliance with the resolution, which demands a ceasefire, Israeli troop withdrawal, and an exchange of hostages for detainees.

The UN has urged all parties to respect international law and protect civilians. It remains to be seen whether the ceasefire resolution will be implemented and how negotiations will progress.

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