UN names Gaza war crimes probe panel

The panel is to report by March 2015 to the UN Human Rights Council [File: Reuters]

Israel dismisses the investigation into possible human rights violations during Gaza war as a ‘kangaroo court’.

The United Nations has named experts to an international commission of inquiry into possible human rights violations and war crimes committed by both sides during Israel’s military offensive in the Gaza Strip.

Israel responded to Monday’s announcement, dismissing the inquiry as a UN Human Rights Council “kangaroo court”.

Sami Abu Zuhri, Hamas spokesman in Gaza said “Hamas welcomes the decision to form an investigation committee into the war crimes committed by the occupation (Israel) against Gaza and it urges that it begin work as soon as possible.”

The UN statement said the independent team will investigate “all violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law … in the context of the military operations conducted since 13 June 2014.”

William Schabas, a Canadian professor of international law, will head the panel whose other members are Doudou Diene, a Senegalese veteran UN human rights expert and Amal Alamuddin, a British-Lebanese lawyer.

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