PNA forms committee to probe alleged Gaza war violations

09:46, April 06, 2010      

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The Palestinian National Authority (PNA) has formed a committee to investigate alleged violations in a UN report which blamed both the Israeli and Palestinian sides for the three-week Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip, local newspaper Al-Ayyam reported on Monday.

According to an announcement published on the paper, the West Bank-based Palestinian independent commission will receive complaints over those who were either abused by the PNA in the West Bank or were killed, detained or tortured by the Hamas movement in Gaza during the Israeli offensive.

The committee urged people to file complaints by fax to its headquarters within the deadline of April 20. After that, the committee will hold meetings with rights groups, victims and officials to start drafting a response to the UN report.

The report by South African judge Richard Goldstone accused Israel of war crimes for killing as many as 1,400 Palestinians during Gaza fighting between December 2008 and January 2009, and that Hamas, which controls Gaza, was responsible for possible crimes against humanity for firing crude rockets randomly into Israeli communities near Gaza.

The report also blamed the PNA, which controls the West Bank, for cracking down against Hamas members there, closing down charities and banning peaceful gatherings.

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