Monday, February 2, 2009

Video: Researching allegations of war crimes in Israel and Gaza

30 January 2009

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Following the outbreak of the recent conflict in Gaza and southern Israel on 27 December 2008 and then Israel's ground invasion of Gaza on 3 January 2009, Amnesty International delegates travelled to the region on 8 January. There, they began to research allegations of war crimes and others serious violations of international law by Israel, Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups.

An initial fact-finding team spent a week in southern Israel. A second team was unable to enter Gaza via the border crossing with Israel because of restrictions imposed by the Israeli authorities. They crossed into Gaza from Egypt on 17 January, the eve of the coming into effect of unilateral ceasefires by Israel and Hamas and other Palestinian armed groups.

A third team travelled to southern Israel on 26 January. This video is about the preliminary findings of the fact-finding team in Gaza.

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For further details on Amnesty International's work on violations committed by both sides, please see other material on our webpage focusing on the conflict in Gaza and southern Israel.

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