GAZA STRIP (Al Jazeera) – A rights group has called on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to investigate possible war crimes following the “unlawful attacks” committed during the Zionist regime’s deadly assault on the Gaza Strip in August.
Zionist troops “boasted” of the precision of their attacks on Gaza in August, said Amnesty International in a new report released on Tuesday that investigates the circumstances around three specific attacks on civilians.
Amnesty said that the victims of the Zionist regime’s so-called “precise” attacks included a four-year-old child, a teenager visiting his mother’s grave, and a fine arts student killed by regime tank fire while at home drinking tea with her mother.
Also investigated was an attack that killed seven Palestinian civilians, which appeared to have been the result of an unguided rocket that was likely launched by Palestinian armed groups, the organization said.
“Israel’s latest offensive on Gaza lasted only three days, but that was ample time to unleash fresh trauma and destruction on the besieged population,” Agnès Callamard, Amnesty International’s secretary-general, said in a statement accompanying the report.
“The three deadly attacks we examined must be investigated as war crimes; all victims of unlawful attacks and their families deserve justice and reparations,” she said.
The August onslaught by Zionist troops was only the most recent example of indiscriminate violence against the “dominated, oppressed and segregated” population of Gaza, which has suffered under years of illegal blockade of the territory, Callamard added.
“As well as investigating war crimes committed in Gaza, the ICC should consider the crime against humanity of apartheid within its current investigation in the Occupied Palestinian Territories,” she said.
Since the beginning of this year, at least 160 Palestinians have been killed by Zionist troops in the occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip, including 51 Palestinians killed during the regime’s three-day assault on Gaza in August, according to the Palestinian health ministry.
Thirty-one civilians were among the 49 Palestinians that the United Nations said were killed in the Gaza Strip during the three-day conflict, Amnesty said in the new report.