Amnesty claims Hamas committed war crimes in Gaza

According to Amnesty International, Palestinian resistance group committed unlawful killings during Israeli offensive in 2014

Photo by: Reuters
Photo by: Reuters

Updated Jul 28, 2015

Amnesty International released a report on Wednesday accusing the Palestinian resistance group Hamas of committing “war crimes against Palestinian civilians in the Gaza Strip during last year's war with Israel.”

In response to Amnesty’s claims Fawzi Barhoum, a Hamas spokesman, said "The report is dedicated against Palestinian resistance and the Hamas movement, it deliberately exaggerated its descriptions without listening to all sides and without making an effort to check the truthfulness of details and information."

In Wednesday's report, Amnesty listed a number of cases it described as "spine chilling," and called on Hamas’ senior leaders to "cooperate with independent and impartial international investigative mechanisms," and to bring "suspected perpetrators" to justice.

Amnesty had previously criticised Israel and accused it of war crimes during the conflict.

The war in summer 2014 erupted shortly after peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians were stalled following the declaration of a unity government between the Fatah authorities in the West Bank and Hamas leadership in the Gaza Strip.

The unity government was announced in response to continued Israeli settlement building on illegally occupied land.

Around 2,200 Palestinians were killed in the conflict, at least 66 percent of whom were civilians. Meanwhile, 72 Israelis, mainly soldiers, were also killed.

Apart from the many deaths resulting from the offensive, at least 16,245 homes were destroyed or rendered uninhabitable.

Hamas has controlled the coastal enclave on the Mediterranean which borders Israel and Egypt since 2007.

TRTWorld and agencies