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Israel, Hamas probes on Gaza violations inadequate

Tuesday September 21 2010

By AFP

GENEVA, Tuesday

Israel and Hamas failed to carry out credible and adequate probes into allegations of war crimes committed during the Gaza war that killed 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis, a UN committee said Tuesday.

"The investigations ... remain incomplete in some cases or fall significantly short of meeting international standards in others," said the chair of the UN committee of independent experts, Christian Tomuschat, in a statement.

Israel had flatly refused to cooperate with the committee appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to examine the progress of investigations by all parties in the Gaza conflict.

The mission was set up after a UN-mandated report by South African judge Richard Goldstone accused both Israel and Palestinian groups of war crimes during the conflict in late 2008/early 2009.