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Human Rights Watch Accuses Israel of War Crimes in Gaza Assault

HeadlineJul 27, 2021

Human Rights Watch has accused Israel of carrying out apparent war crimes during its recent 11-day assault on Gaza that killed 260 Palestinians, including 66 children. In a new report, Human Rights Watch called on the International Criminal Court to investigate Israel’s crimes against Palestinian civilians. Survivors who spoke to Human Rights Watch include Omar Abu el-Ouf, who lost his father, mother and two siblings when their four-story building collapsed in Gaza City following Israeli airstrikes.

Omar Abu el-Ouf: “Why did they kill my family? Why did they kill my father and mother? Why did they turn me into an orphan? Who will, in the end, give me justice?”

Omar Abu el-Ouf’s father was the head of internal medicine at Gaza City’s Al-Shifa Hospital, where he headed the hospital’s coronavirus response. Human Rights Watch also accused Palestinian armed groups of committing unlawful attacks by indiscriminately firing rockets at Israel.

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