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Israeli report defends actions during Gaza war

Israeli report defends actions during Gaza war

An Israeli government report says Hamas rocket attacks forced Israel to hit Gaza hard earlier this year, defends Israel's actions against charges of war crimes but acknowledges that more than a dozen criminal inquiries are underway.
The 160-page report is called the first comprehensive Israeli government study of the punishing offensive that killed more than 1,100 Palestinians.
It concludes that more than 12,000 rockets and mortars fired by Gaza militants between 2000 and 2008 forced Israel to act. It says Hamas was to blame for civilian casualties by deploying its fighters in neighborhoods. It says Israeli forces destroyed buildings only to protect themselves.
The report says 100 complaints are being investigated, including 13 criminal cases.


Updated : 2021-10-17 23:21 GMT+08:00