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Hamas submits report on Goldstone investigations to UN

Feb. 5, 2010 6:28 P.M. (Updated: Feb. 6, 2010 10:43 A.M.)
Gaza - Ma'an - Five days after Israel and the Palestinian Authority submitted reports to the UN over progress on internal investigations into allegations made by the Goldstone report, Hamas officials handed in a 52-page summary of local proceedings.

Delivered to head of the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights in Gaza Curt Goering on Wednesday, officials in the de facto government said the document "contained all the information relating to the implimentation of the recomendatiods laid out in the Goldstone report."

The Israeli daily Haaretz said this included a section explaining that the death of three Israeli civilians from homemade projectile fire were accidents, and the projectiles were aimed at Israeli military targets. Of the 13 Israeli deaths during Operation Cast Lead, three were civilian.

In its statement, the de facto government said it welcomed the opportunity to implement investigations on the fact finding mission lead by Goldstone, as well as pushing forward some of the recommendations. Already, the statement said, a special governmental committee headed by the de facto minister of justice was established.

The report allegedly recounts the "transparency and integrity of the procedures being taken to implement the recommendations, particularly those related to claims on violations of the rules of international law." It said officials were preparing to appoint an attorney general to begin investigations necessary relating to the claims outlined in the report and in conjunction with the parameters of Palestinian law.

The Hamas government document also stressed the need to ensure that Goldstone's recommendations were implemented not just in Gaza, but in Israel as well. It urged the international community to support and insist that all investigations take place in a clear and thorough manner.

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