UN chief sets up Gaza war inquiry

TEHRAN (Tasnim) – UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon appointed a five-member panel to investigate Israeli attacks on UN shelters during the Gaza war.
The inquiry led by retired Dutch general Patrick Cammaert 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,” UN spokesman Farhan Haq said on Monday.

It will focus on incidents from July 8 to August 26, he added.

The UN spokesman emphasized that Ban “expects that the board will enjoy the full cooperation of all parties concerned.”

Ban Ki-moon toured the site of damaged UN shelters during his visit last month and declared that the destruction from the war was “beyond description.”

At least five UN facilities were hit during the conflict, killing scores of Palestinians including children, according to the UN refugee agency UNRWA, Al Jazeera reported.

More than 2,100 Palestinians were killed, mainly civilians, in the 50 days of fighting that began July 8, according to UN and Palestinian estimates.

Seventy-two people were killed on the Israeli side.

Thousands of buildings were destroyed and at least 223 Gaza schools, either run by the UN refugee agency or the Hamas government, were hit in the fighting.

By Tasnim News Agency

 

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