Israeli Army opens criminal probe of Gaza incursion cases

The Times of Israel is reporting that Israel’s military legal branch is investigating five cases of alleged misconduct among Israeli Defense Forces during the recently halted 50-day Israel-Hamas conflict.

According to the news site, the cases include:

  • a July 24 strike on a United Nations Relief and Works Agency school in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, in which 14 people were killed, and
  • a July 16 airstrike that killed four children on a beach in Gaza.

Earlier Wednesday, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon said the UN was preparing to investigate the targeting of UNRWA schools and deaths of the organization’s workers in Gaza during the conflict, which Israel dubbed Operation Protective Edge.

That investigation will be separate from the UN Human Rights Council probe looking into possible war crimes committed by Israel, Ban told the Arabic daily Al-Hayat, adding that there was also a need to investigate the discovery of weapons stored in UNRWA facilities in Gaza during the conflict.

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