On July 27, the international NGO Human Rights Watch (HRW) published a detailed report on the apparent war crimes committed by the Israeli and Palestinian armed forces during the conflict that occurred last May, and requested the International Criminal Court to launch an investigation into these events.
The HRW report (which includes audiovisual data, satellite images and 30 interviews with eyewitnesses to the attacks) focused its attention on three attacks carried out by Israel that killed 62 Palestinian civilians, in areas where there were no obvious military targets nearby.
“Israeli forces carried out attacks in Gaza in May that devastated entire families, with no apparent military targets nearby,” said Gerry Simpson, HRW’s associate director for crisis and conflict. “The constant unwillingness of the Israeli authorities to seriously investigate alleged war crimes, as well as rocket attacks by Palestinian forces against Israeli population centers, underscores the importance of the International Criminal Court investigation.”
On his Twitter account, Simpson shared several of HRW’s findings.
6/10 At 1 am on May 16, airstrikes on Gaza city using US-made munition guidance kit caused 3 buildings to collapse, killing 44 civilians including 18 children, largely from 4 families. Israel has presented no evidence of tunnels or underground command center it said were targeted pic.twitter.com/3ej0L9PHr1
– Gerry Simpson (@GerrySimpsonHRW) July 27, 2021
“On May 15, a US-made guided bomb destroyed a building in al-Shati refugee camp, one of the most densely populated areas in the world, killing 2 women and 8 of their young children in their sleep, leaving only one surviving child (a 5-month-old and a 5-year-old) from each family, “he wrote.
In another tweet, Simpson denounced that, in the early morning hours of May 16, “airstrikes in Gaza City with an ammunition guidance kit made in the United States caused the collapse of 3 buildings, killing 44 civilians, including 18 children. , mostly from 4 families “. Simpson further stressed that Israel has not provided evidence to support its claim that there were tunnels and an underground command center in the area.
For their part, Palestinian armed groups have also committed illegal attacks, firing more than 4,360 rockets and unguided mortars at Israeli population centers, violating the prohibition of deliberate or indiscriminate attacks against civilians.
The confrontations broke out on May 10 and lasted for 11 days, when a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas came into force, an agreement in which Egypt served as a mediator.
As reported by Palestinian Health Minister Mai Alkaila, 277 Palestinians, including 70 children and 40 women, died as a result of Israeli attacks during hostilities in Gaza, while around 8,500 were injured. On the Israeli side, the conflict killed 12 people and injured hundreds.