UN finds probes into Cast Lead war crimes wanting

Panel of experts says Israel only investigated low-ranking officials, Hamas "made no serious effort" to address Goldstone's allegations.

September 21, 2010 16:38
Goldstone in Gaza.

Goldstone in Gaza 311 ap. (photo credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS)

GENEVA — A group of UN experts has criticized Israel and Hamas for failing to conduct serious probes into alleged war crimes last year in the Gaza Strip.

The panel said that Israel only investigated low-ranking officials and the inquiries didn't meet standards of impartiality.

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Officials at Israel's mission to the UN in Geneva declined immediately to comment.

The experts said an inquiry by Hamas "made no serious effort" to address allegations leveled against the Islamist group by a previous UN panel led by South African Judge Richard Goldstone.

The three-member panel appointed by the UN Human Rights Council published its report Tuesday.

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