UN's Pillay focuses on Israeli operation under int'l law, touches on Palestinian acts

By REUTERS
July 11, 2014 14:38




GENEVA - The United Nations' top human rights official said on Friday she had serious doubts that Israeli's military operation against Gaza complied with international law that bans the targeting of civilians and their homes.

International law requires Israel to take all measures to ensure that its attacks are proportional, distinguish between military and civilian objects, and avoid civilian casualties, UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said

"We have received deeply disturbing reports that many of the civilian casualties, including of children, occurred as a result of strikes on homes. Such reports raise serious doubt about whether the Israeli strikes have been in accordance with international humanitarian law and international human rights law," Pillay said in a statement also calling on Palestinian armed groups to uphold international law.

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