The Israeli military has ordered criminal investigations into 14 of the cases of the soldiers’ conduct during the three-week war on the blockaded Gaza Strip.
Jerusalem Post reported on Thursday that the army is currently reviewing about 100 complaints from a number of sources, including soldiers who took part in the devastating military operations on Gaza, as well as Palestinians and human rights groups.
The military did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report.
Tel Aviv launched its military onslaught against Gaza’s 1.5 million besieged Palestinian residents on December 27. The ensuing three weeks of air and artillery bombardments and a ground incursion left nearly 1,350 Palestinians dead, and about 5,450 injured. At least 1,100 of those killed were civilians.
The international community has accused Israel of committing war crimes, including the use of deadly white phosphorus shells in densely populated civilian areas and the use of civilians as human shields.
The incendiary shells cause horrific burns and poisoning and their use against human targets is against international laws.
Israel initially denied using phosphorus shells. However, Tel Aviv later admitted using such shells after indisputable evidence (shown globally on video feed) proved that such weapons were used widely against Gazans.