Israel Committed War Crimes in Gaza, Human Rights Watch Investigation Claims

The group said Thursday that no military targets were apparent near UN-run schools struck by Israel and that some of the attacks were 'indiscriminate.'

At the UNRWA-operated Abu Haseen school in northern Gaza during the 2014 war between Hamas and its allies and Israel, July 30, 2014.
At the UNRWA-operated Abu Haseen school in northern Gaza during the 2014 war between Hamas and its allies and Israel, July 30, 2014. AFP

An international human rights group says Israel committed war crimes in the latest round of fighting against Hamas in Gaza.

New York-based Human Rights Watch made the conclusion following an investigation it carried out into attacks on or near three UN-run schools housing displaced Palestinians.

The group said Thursday that no military targets were apparent in the school area and that some of the attacks were "indiscriminate."

The Israeli military had no immediate comment. On Wednesday, it announced it launched its own probe into the war. Israel accuses Hamas of using civilians as human shields.

The attacks on the schools elicited widespread condemnation.

The UN, which has accused both Israel and Hamas militants of violating the rules of war, has appointed a commission of inquiry to look into the fighting.