UN Human Rights Office Response to Israeli Hostage Rescue in Gaza

The UN human rights office has expressed deep shock at the impact on civilians of the Israeli military operation in central Gaza that aimed to rescue four hostages held by Hamas. The operation led to significant civilian casualties in the densely-populated Nuseirat refugee camp, with conflicting reports on the number of people killed and injured. The UN spokesperson raised concerns about potential violations of international humanitarian law, including the principles of distinction, proportionality, and precaution. There were accusations of war crimes against both Israeli forces and Palestinian armed groups holding hostages in civilian areas.’]