Hamas Calls For International Probe Into Summary Executions Carried Out By Israel

At least 20,258 people have been killed in Gaza since the start of the war (File)


The Palestinian group Hamas on Saturday called for an international investigation into “summary executions” that it accused the Israeli army of committing in the war-ravaged Gaza Strip.

Hamas claimed in a statement to have gathered testimonies showing “the Israeli army carried out the summary execution of 137 Palestinian civilians” in the northern Gaza Strip, including Gaza City, since the start of Israel’s ground offensive on October 7.

The group accused the Israeli army of “digging a large pit east of Gaza City and placing dozens of detained citizens in it before executing them and filling up the pit”.

AFP could not independently verify the claims.

The Israeli military did not immediately respond to AFP’s request for comment on the allegations.

The military earlier said it ensures that its “strikes against military targets comply with the provisions of international law”.

Earlier Saturday, the Hamas health ministry said dozens of Palestinians were killed this week and publicly “executed” during an Israeli military operation in the northern town of Jabalia.

On Wednesday, the United Nations human rights office said it received “disturbing” reports that Israeli troops “summarily killed” at least 11 unarmed Palestinians in a possible war crime in Gaza.

The killings were alleged to have been carried out in the Rimal neighbourhood of Gaza City this week, it added, calling on Israel to open an investigation.

An Israeli official, speaking on condition of anonymity, rejected the allegations as “yet another example of the partisan and prejudiced approach against Israel” by the UN body.

The official added that the claims were “nothing but blood libel”. 

At least 20,258 people — most of them women and children — have been killed in Gaza since the start of the Israeli army’s offensive, according to Hamas.

The war was launched in retaliation for the unprecedented attack carried out on October 7 by Hamas, which left around 1,140 dead in southern Israel, the majority civilians, according to the authorities. 

Hamas also abducted around 250 people, 129 of whom Israel says remain in Gaza.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)


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