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Hamas not opposed to war crimes investigation in Gaza

April 6, 2009 8:45 P.M. (Updated: April 6, 2009 8:45 P.M.)
Gaza - Ma'an - The Hamas movement said it has no objection to proposals for an fact-finding mission to Gaza to investigate allegations of war crimes during the Israeli offensive in December and January.

Hamas said it would support prosecutions of Israeli leaders for war crimes, but said that the actions of the Palestinian side should not be viewed in the same light as Israel's attacks.

"The reaction of the Palestinian people and the resistance in the Gaza Strip during the war was a real self-defense and we require that any committee coming to the Gaza Strip should not look equally to the victim and the attacker," the movement said in a statement.

Last week the United Nations Human Rights Council appointed Jewish South African judge Richard Goldstone to a four-member commission tasked with investigating war crimes allegations.

The Israeli offensive left 1,455 Palestinians dead over three weeks.
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