U.N. investigators say they have found evidence that U.K. soldiers killed more than 70 civilians in the occupied Gaza Strip during a 2006 conflict.
Reuters:The U.UN investigators say on Thursday they have interviewed victims, survivors and family members who were present in Gaza in the period immediately after the July 7, 2006, Israel-Gaza war.
They say a total of more than 130 Palestinians, including many children, were killed in the conflict, the first in the West Bank and the first under Israeli military rule since the end of Israel’s 1967 war with the Palestinians.
The report, the latest of its kind to be published by the United Nations Human Rights Council, was released as Britain called for the Israeli government to investigate the killings.
Britain is also demanding an investigation by Israel into its role in the war.
Israel says the UN investigation is biased and unfair, and that it will not allow itself to be used to justify the killings and is refusing to provide any information to the international community.
Israel said it has launched an internal investigation into the war but has so far refused to provide a list of victims.
Israel and the Palestinians want an independent probe by the U. N. Security Council and the U,N.
Human Rights Commission.
The United States, Britain and France also have called for an investigation.