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As it declares a unilateral ceasefire, Jerusalem faces a UN call for a war crimes investigation

By Raymond Whitaker
Sunday, 18 January 2009
A Palestinian woman with severe facial injuries from a Dime bomb

A Palestinian woman with severe facial injuries from a Dime bomb

Israel was facing demands for war crimes investigations as it declared a unilateral ceasefire in Gaza last night after a 22-day assault in which more than 1,200 Palestinians, a third of them children, were killed and 13 Israelis died.

Two children were killed yesterday when Israeli tanks shelled a UN school in which families were sheltering, leading a UN spokesman, Chris Gunness, to say: “There has to be an investigation to determine whether a war crime has been committed.” The call was dismissed by an Israeli foreign ministry spokesman, Yigal Palmor, who said: “These claims of war crimes are not supported by the slightest piece of evidence.” But among numerous allegations of disproportionate use of force, questions are also multiplying about the use of unconventional weapons by Israel, including a new type of bomb that causes injuries that doctors have not seen before, and which they find impossible to treat.

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Victorious, but vilified: Israel has ‘destroyed its image and its soul’

By Kim Sengupta in Jerusalem and Donald Macintyre on the Gaza-Egypt border
Sunday, 18 January 2009

After three weeks of carnage in Gaza, there were tentative signs of a ceasefire last night. But the bitter legacy of the past 22 days for Israel is that, while it declares victory on the battlefield, the country’s reputation has rarely sunk so low.

Yesterday the United Nations called for a war crimes investigation after two children, aged five and seven, were killed when, it claimed, an Israeli tank shell hit a school sheltering some of the more than 40,000 internally displaced refugees.

“These two little boys are as innocent, indisputably, as they are dead,” said John Ging, head of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNRWA) in Gaza. In Jerusalem, Chris Gunness, the organisation’s spokesman, added: “There has to be an investigation to determine whether a war crime has been committed.”

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Written by morris

January 18, 2009 at 10:58 pm

Posted in Gaza, israel

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