UN Human Rights Chief accuses Israel and Hamas of war crimes

(BBC) Both sides in the conflict in Gaza and Israel have committed war crimes, the UN high commissioner for human rights has said.

Speaking on Wednesday at the Rafah border crossing, Volker Türk said: The atrocities that were perpetrated by Palestinian armed groups on the seventh of October were heinous, brutal and shocking, they were war crimes as is the continued holding of hostages.”

He added: “They were war crimes as is the continued holding of hostages.

“The collective punishment by Israel of Palestinian civilians amounts also to war crimes, as does the unlawful forceable evacuation of civilians. Domestic bombardments by Israel has killed, maimed and injured in particular women and children.”

Türk described the bombardment of the Gaza Strip as putting “an unbearable toll on human lives, on civilians”.

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