Palestine

Palestinians Accuse Israel of War Crimes in Gaza

Officials filed a complaint Friday to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

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Top Palestinian officials have accused Israel of war crimes in Gaza, filing a complaint Friday to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

Palestinian Justice Minister Saleem Al-Saqqa and Ismail Jabr, the Gaza court public prosecutor, started legal proceedings via a Paris-based lawyer over the 18 days of fighting between Hamas fighters and Israeli ground forces that's left 800 Palestinians dead—including hundreds of civilians. Thirty seven Israelis have been killed, 35 of them soldiers.

The officials accuse Israel of war crimes, which, they say, under the ICC statutes includes "crime of apartheid," ''attacks against civilians," ''excessive loss of human life" and "crime of colonization."