Gaza civilian killings during Israel’s freeing of hostages could be war crimes, UN says

NNA – The U.N. human rights office said on Tuesday the killings of civilians in Gaza during the Israeli operation to release four hostages, and also armed groups#39; holding of captives in densely populated areas, could amount to war crimes.

Israel said thenbsp;operation, accompanied by an air assault, took place on Saturday in the heart of a residential neighbourhood in central Gaza#39;s Nuseirat area where Hamas had kept the hostages in two separate apartment blocks.

The operation killed more than 270 Palestinians, according to Gazan health officials.

quot;The manner in which the raid was conducted in such a densely populated area seriously calls into question whether the principles of distinction, proportionality and precaution – as set out under the laws of war – were respected by the Israeli forces,quot; Jeremy Laurence, spokesperson for the U.N. human rights office, said.–Reuters