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Israel preventing access to Hamas attack victims – UN alleges

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A former United Nations rights chief, Navi Pillay, who’s chairing a three-person investigation, mentioned Tuesday that Israel is stopping UN investigators from talking to witnesses and victims of the October 7 Hamas assault.

The Fee of Inquiry was established by the UN Human Rights Council in Could 2021 to analyze alleged violations of worldwide humanitarian and human rights legislation in Israel and the Palestinian territories.

“I deplore the truth that folks inside Israel who want to communicate to us are being denied that chance as a result of we can not get entry into Israel,” Pillay mentioned.

The investigation briefed diplomats on the UN in Geneva on its work and mentioned that since October 7, it had targeted on the Gaza warfare between Israel and Hamas.

“As far as the federal government of Israel is worried, we’ve got confronted not merely an absence of cooperation however energetic obstruction of our efforts to obtain proof from Israeli witnesses and victims to the occasions that occurred in southern Israel,” mentioned Chris Sidoti, one of many three members of the inquiry.

DAILY POST recollects that the Gaza warfare started with Hamas’s October 7 assault towards Israel which resulted within the deaths of 1,170 folks, principally civilians.

The militants additionally took about 250 hostages, of whom Israel estimates 129 stay in Gaza, together with 34 who’re presumed useless.

Israel’s retaliatory offensive has killed at the very least 33,843 folks within the Palestinian territory, principally ladies and kids, in response to the well being ministry in Hamas-run Gaza.

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