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Palestinian presidency: 'Time to hold Israel accountable'

Feb. 28, 2019 4:54 P.M. (Updated: March 3, 2019 10:22 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian presidency welcomed the United Nations (UN) Independent Commission of Inquiry's probe accusing Israel of committing war crimes as they suppressed protests in the besieged Gaza Strip over the past year, killing scores of Palestinians and injuring at least 6,100 more.

The presidency said, in a statement, that the report "proves what we have always said, that is Israel is committing war crimes against our people in the Gaza Strip and in the West Bank, including Jerusalem."

The statement also called upon the International Criminal Court (ICC) "to take immediate actions, to open investigation in these crimes."

"It is time to hold Israel accountable for these crimes, no country should remain above the law.”

Santiago Canton, Chairman of the UN Independent Commission of Inquiry said, in a statement, that "Israeli soldiers committed violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. Some of those violations may constitute war crimes or crimes against humanity."

However, Israeli Acting Foreign Minister, Yisrael Katz, responded saying that Israel rejected the report outright and that "the Jewish state cannot be denied the right to defend itself."
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