Israeli bombardment of Gaza buildings/ July 2014

ICC to start investigation on Israeli crimes against Gaza

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The Hague-based International Criminal Court will send inspectors to arrive in Israel on June 27 as part of probe into suspected “war crimes” during last summer’s Gaza war, Haaretz website reported Wednesday.

The move comes two days after Palestine’s Foreign Minister, Riyad al-Maliki said that the Palestinian Authority was planning to file two war crimes complaints against Israel in the ICC on June 25.

The two files are over Israel’s illegal settlement activities in the occupied West Bank and its latest devastating attack on the besieged Gaza Strip.

Palestine formally joined the ICC on April 1, as a move that could open the door to the possible prosecution of Israel for alleged war crimes.

The accession was marked exactly 90 days after Palestine joined the court’s founding Rome Statute.

The report cited an unnamed legal expert as saying the acceleration of the procedure means the investigation is being “taken seriously” by the international legal body, said i24 news.

The last Israeli offensive on Gaza lasted 51 summer days, killed more than 2,200 Palestinians, injured 11,000 and displaced more than 100,000 Gazans.

Despite the fire truce between Hamas and Israel, Israel has repeatedly opened fire on Gaza fishermen and entered the strip with tanks, violating the agreement.

Israel has repeatedly condemned ICC’s probe calling it “biased and hypocritical.”