UN-Backed Panel Says Israel May Have Committed War Crimes In Gaza

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UN-Backed Panel Says Israel May Have Committed War Crimes In Gaza
The panel was created to investigate possible violations and abuse of international law at the protests in Gaza last year.
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A U.N.-affiliated independent panel revealed Thursday that it had "reasonable grounds" to believe Israeli forces may have committed war crimes during protests in Gaza in 2018.

The United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry published a report on its investigation of the protests on Thursday. The panel conducted 325 interviews, gathered over 8,000 documents and analyzed social media and drone footage.

A U.N. Human Rights Council resolution in May created the commission to investigate possible violations and abuse of international law at the protests in Gaza last year. 

The commission's chair said of the group's findings: "The Commission has reasonable grounds to believe that during the [protests in Gaza], Israeli soldiers committed violations of international human rights and humanitarian law. Some of these violations may constitute war crimes or crimes against humanity and must be immediately investigated by Israel."

According to CNN, Israel has already pushed back on the report, saying the group's determinations were set before its investigation began.

Additional reporting from Newsy affiliate CNN.