UN Rights Chief Urges Investigation into ‘Israel’s’ Use of ‘High-Impact Weapons’

Volker Türk is the new UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. (Photo: Jean Marc Ferré, via UNHCR Website)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

The UN Human Rights chief Volker Turk called for an investigation into Israel’s use of “high-impact explosive weapons” in Gaza.

The UN Human Rights chief called on Friday for an investigation into Israel’s use of “high-impact explosive weapons” in Gaza, which caused indiscriminate destruction in the besieged Palestinian enclave, Reuters news agency reported.

During a press conference in Amman, Volker Turk, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said Israel must end its use of such weapons in the densely populated area, home to 2.3 million Palestinians, half of whom have been displaced by fighting in the last month.

“The extensive Israeli bombardment of Gaza, including the use of high-impact explosive weapons in densely populated areas … is clearly having a devastating humanitarian and human rights impact,” Turk was quoted by Reuters as saying.

“The attacks must be investigated (..) We have very serious concerns that these amount to disproportionate attacks in breach of international humanitarian law,” Turk reportedly added.

Israel has, thus far, killed over 11,078 – including 4,506 children and 3,027 women – and wounded 27,409. Palestinian Ministry of Health reports and international organizations say that the majority of those killed and wounded are women and children.

Gaza has been under a tight Israeli military siege since 2007, following a democratic election in occupied Palestine, the results of which were rejected by Tel Aviv and Washington. 

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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