Rights group ac­cuses Is­rael of war crimes in Gaza

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JERUSALEM (AP) — A lead­ing in­ter­na­tional rights group on Thurs­day al­leged that Is­rael com­mit­ted war crimes dur­ing this sum­mer’s Gaza war, say­ing it reached that con­clu­sion after in­ves­ti­gat­ing three at­tacks on or near United Na­tions-run schools hous­ing dis­placed Pales­tini­ans.

Hu­man Rights Watch said it in­ves­ti­gated the strikes at the schools in three sep­a­rate lo­ca­tions in the war-bat­tered Gaza Strip, at­tacks in which at least 45 peo­ple were killed.

Ac­cord­ing to its in­ves­ti­ga­tion, based on field re­search and in­ter­views with wit­nesses, the New York-based group said no mil­i­tary tar­gets were ap­par­ent in the area of the schools and that some of the at­tacks were in­dis­crim­i­nate.

“The Is­raeli mil­i­tary car­ried out at­tacks on or near three well-marked schools where it knew hun­dreds of peo­ple were tak­ing shel­ter, killing and wound­ing scores of civil­ians,” Fred Abra­hams, spe­cial ad­viser at Hu­man Rights Watch, said in a state­ment.

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