Israeli strikes in Gaza could lead to war, says a UN human rights official

The indiscriminate burning of Hamas rockets during the conflict was also a clear violation of military rules, Michelle Bachelet said.

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The UN head of rights said on Thursday that Israeli troops were likely to commit war crimes in 11-day wars with the militant group Hamas ruling the Gaza Strip. Michelle Bachelet also urged Israel to allow an independent investigation into the actions of the military in the latest deadly violence.

This was stated at a time when the U.N. opens a special one-day session to discuss "human rights abuses" in Gaza, the West Bank and east of Jerusalem. Bachelet said the Hamas rocket fire was impartial during the conflict and was a clear violation of military rules.

The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has described the Human Rights Council in detail the "most dramatic increase in hostilities since 2014" that left devastation and death on the Gaza Strip before the ceasefire last week.

The 11-day war has killed at least 248 people in Gaza, including 66 children and 39 women. Twelve people died in Israel, including two children.

Rahaf Nuseir, 10, watches as he stands in front of his family's devastated homes in Beit Hanoun, north of the Gaza Strip, on Friday.

Rahaf Nuseir, 10, watches as he stands in front of his family's devastated homes in Beit Hanoun, north of the Gaza Strip, on Friday.

"Air strikes in densely populated areas have resulted in many deaths and injuries, as well as the destruction of public infrastructure," Bachelet said.

"Such attacks are likely to be war crimes," he added, if they are considered impartial and unequal in their impact on people. Bachelet urged Israel to ensure accountability, as required under international law in such cases, including a “non-discriminatory, independent investigation” of actions on growth.

He also joked about Hamas tactics which included finding military supplies in densely populated areas, and firing rockets at them.

"These rockets are impartial and fail to distinguish between military and civilian material, and their use, therefore, violates a clear humanitarian law," Bachelet said. "However, the actions of one group do not exempt the other from its obligations under international law."

He warned that unless the "causes" of violence were addressed, "it would be a matter of time until the next round of violence and suffering of people of all backgrounds would begin."

The day-long debate involved accounts from Palestinians - such as that of a young female journalist from the Sheikh Jarrah area east of Jerusalem, the first time it sparked violence - as well as statements from 47 member states and other observers.

Photo: Adi Vaizel looks at the damage to his home in Ashkelon, Israel, after he was hit by a rocket launched on the Gaza Strip.

Adi Vaizel looks at the damage done to his home in Ashkelon, Israel, after he was hit by a rocket launched on the Gaza Strip. Amir Cohen / Reuters

The Organization of Islamic Conference has ruled that, if approved by the council, it will set an unprecedented level of council approval by establishing a permanent commission to report human rights abuses in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank.

Voting on the adjustment decision may be at the end of the session, which is very noticeable.

Israel - sometimes backed by the United States - accuses the council of being biased against Israel and has refused to cooperate with its investigators.

Israeli Ambassador Meirav Eilon Shahar said Hamas - which had appointed a U.S.-led terrorist organization and its allies - fired 4,400 rockets at Israeli civilians "from Palestinian homes, hospitals and schools. One of these rockets creates military crime. ”

"What would you do if rockets were fired at Dublin, Paris or Madrid," he said.

Riad al-Maliki, Palestinian foreign minister, wanted to highlight the suffering years of the Palestinian people in countries occupied or occupied by Israel.

"Israeli military equipment and its terrorists continue to target our children facing murder, imprisonment and deportation, deprived of a future where they can live in peace and security," he said in a video message.