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Palestinian death toll from Israeli attacks in Gaza rises to 35,456

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Palestinian death toll from Israeli attacks in Gaza rises to 35,456

2024-05-20 11:01 Last Updated At:18:57

The Palestinian death toll from the ongoing Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip has risen to 35,456, health authorities in the Palestinian enclave said in a press statement on Sunday.

Over the past 24 hours, the Israeli army killed 70 Palestinians and wounded 110 others, bringing the total death toll to 35,456 and injuries to more than 79,000 since the Palestinian-Israeli conflict broke out last October, said the statement.

The health authorities emphasized that the medical emergency and civil defense workers are facing challenges in carrying out rescue operation as a large number of casualties are buried under the rubble.

The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) on Sunday said in a statement that over the past day, the Israeli army continued to carry out military operation in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah and Jabalia in the northern Gaza.

In a statement on Sunday, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) reported that they continued their military operations in the southern Gaza Strip city of Rafah and the northern Gaza area of Jabalia over the past day.

The IDF launched dozens of strikes against the armed personnel in Jabalia, killing multiple armed individuals.

The IDF also reported the discovery of a large quantity of explosives, anti-tank missiles, drones, hand grenades, and workshops involved in the production of rocket projectiles and other weapons.

The Israeli forces said they killed a senior Hamas member during Saturday's airstrikes, but Hamas has not made any response to it.

Palestinian death toll from Israeli attacks in Gaza rises to 35,456

Palestinian death toll from Israeli attacks in Gaza rises to 35,456

Palestinian death toll from Israeli attacks in Gaza rises to 35,456

Palestinian death toll from Israeli attacks in Gaza rises to 35,456

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Israeli army may have repeatedly violated laws of war in Gaza: UN report

2024-06-20 02:18 Last Updated At:06:17

The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) may have repeatedly violated fundamental principles of the laws of war in a series of prohibited indiscriminate attacks on Gaza, according to a report issued by the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Office on Wednesday.

Released during the 56th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva, the report details six notable attacks targeting Gaza's residential buildings, a school, refugee camps, and a market between Oct 9 and Dec 2, 2023, which involved the suspected use of GBU-31, GBU-32 and GBU-39 bombs.

"The report details six emblematic attacks involving the suspected use of GBU-31s, or 2,000-pound bombs, GBU-32 1,000-pound bombs, and GBU-39, 250-pound bombs from the 9th of October to the 2nd of December 2023 on residential buildings, a school, refugee camps, and a market," said Jeremy Laurence, the spokesperson for the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR), at a press briefing in Geneva.

GBU-31, 32 and 39 bombs are mostly used to penetrate through several floors of concrete and can completely collapse tall structures. Given how densely populated the areas targeted were, the use of an explosive weapon with such wide area effects is highly likely to amount to a prohibited indiscriminate attack, the report finds.

The OHCHR has reported that at least 218 deaths have been confirmed as a direct consequence of the six attacks. However, it cautioned that the actual death toll is likely to be significantly higher.

"The report concludes that these Israeli strikes indicate that the IDF may have repeatedly violated fundamental principles of the laws of war. In this connection, it notes that unlawful targeting when committed as part of a widespread or systematic attack against a civilian population, in line with a State or organizational policy, may also implicate the commission of crimes against humanity," said Laurence.

The report also says that such unlawful targeting may also implicate the commission of crimes against humanity.

"Israel's choices of methods and means of conducting hostilities in Gaza since the 7th of October, including through the extensive use of explosive weapons with wide area effects in densely populated areas, have failed to ensure that they effectively distinguish between civilians and fighters," said Laurence.

"It became very clear to us that the nature of weapons that were used, especially on a wide area, that have a wide area effect, is extremely dangerous in the context of Gaza, and we have been saying this, in several reports and statements, that Gaza is a very densely populated area. And in these six incidents, we had sufficient information to demonstrate, the civilian casualties, both in terms of the deaths as well as injuries, and where we felt that the principles of international humanitarian law, particularly precaution, distinction, proportionality, were not necessarily followed," said Ajith Sunghay, an official with the OHCHR in the Occupied Palestinian Territory.

Although the report primarily focuses on Israel, it also highlights that Palestinian armed groups have continued to fire rockets indiscriminately towards Israel, inconsistent with their obligations under international humanitarian law.

Israeli army may have repeatedly violated laws of war in Gaza: UN report

Israeli army may have repeatedly violated laws of war in Gaza: UN report

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