Sunday, 20 July 2014

Health ministry calls for probe of Israel's use of banned weapons in Gaza


GAZA, (PIC)-- The Palestinian health ministry appealed to international human rights and civil groups to investigate Israel's use of internationally-banned lethal weaponry against the population in the Gaza Strip.

In a news conference held on Friday in Gaza, deputy health minister Yousuf Abul-Rish urged the concerned groups to delegate envoys to the Strip to document the incidence of war crimes and Israel's use of forbidden weapons against civilians.

Abul-Rish said that specialists examined the bodies of several wounded and killed victims in Gaza and found out their exposure to severe injuries caused by internationally prohibited ordnance.

He added that the use of such weapons is a flagrant violation of the international law, especially the Fourth Geneva Convention.

The health official noted that the Israeli army during its military attacks on Gaza deliberately targeted ambulances and paramedics as they were trying to reach casualties in bombed areas.

He also said that the Israeli army targeted civilian structures directly and without prior warning, which led to the killing of large numbers of family members and unarmed civilians. more

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