CIHR calls on ICC for Gaza
Smoke rises from buildings in Gaza City following Israeli airstrikes - AP

CAIRO: The Cairo Institute for Human Rights (CIHR) condemned the Israeli air and ground offensive on Gaza, calling for Gaza’s situation to be referred to the International Criminal Court (ICC).

CIHR released a statement on July 24 calling with other human rights organizations to form an international commission of inquiry to investigate violations committed in Gaza. They sent the open letter to the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNCHR) during a special session.

At least 803 Palestinians, including civilians and children, have been killed since the beginning of the Israeli onslaught on the Gaza Strip on July 8.

Israel Defense Forces (IDF) launched its Protective Edge Operation to stamp out Hamas rockets fired from Gaza to Israel. The Israeli military fatalities reached 32, 134 soldiers are currently hospitalized, and one solider is missing, according to the Israeli Haaretz.

On July 23, UNHRC condemned Israel for killing innocent civilians.

“There seems to be a strong possibility that international law has been violated in a manner that could amount to war crimes,” U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said in emergency debate at the U.N. Human Rights Council in Geneva in light of Israel’s attack on Gaza.

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