UN Appoints Lead on Israel War Crimes Investigation

A Palestinian boy holds his sister near the ruins of their family's house, which witnesses said was destroyed during the Israeli offensive, in the east of Gaza City September 10, 2014. (Photo: Reuters)

Israel has been accused of committing war crimes in its latest assault on Gaza.

On Monday, the United Nations (U.N.) named the head of an international investigation into allegations of war crimes during Israel’s attack on Gaza earlier this year.

“The Secretary-General has established an internal and independent United Nations Headquarters Board of Inquiry into certain incidents that occurred in the Gaza Strip between July 8 and August 26 2014. The board will be led by Mr. Patrick Cammaert,” U.N. spokesperson Farhan Haq said.

Cammaert is a retired Dutch general who formerly headed peacekeeping forces in the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

According to Haq, the board will “review and investigate a number of specific incidents in which death or injuries occurred at, and/or damage was done to United Nations premises.”

“The board will also review and investigate incidents in which weapons were found to be present on United Nations premises,” he stated.

Hamas has long called for an investigation into allegations of war crimes against both itself and Israeli forces. However, Israeli ambassador to the U.N. Ron Prosser, told reporters Tel Aviv has not decided whether to support the board.

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