EU Urges Independent Probe into Mass Graves at Gaza Hospitals

Wed Apr 24 2024
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BRUSSELS: The European Union (EU) on Wednesday backed a United Nations demand for an independent investigation into the reported discovery of mass graves at two Gaza hospitals that were destroyed during Israeli sieges.

EU spokesman Peter Stano stressed the need for an impartial inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the discovery of mass graves, citing concerns about potential violations of international human rights. “This is something that forces us to call for an independent investigation of all the suspicions and all the circumstances, because indeed it creates the impression that there might have been violations of international human rights committed,” the EU spokesman said.

Stano underscored the importance of accountability and ensuring that any wrongdoing is thoroughly investigated.

The United Nations human rights office also called for an independent probe, expressing horror at the destruction of Gaza’s largest hospitals, including Al-Shifa Hospital in Gaza City and the Nasser Medical Complex in Khan Younis.

Over 340 Bodies Exhumed from Mass Graves at Gaza Hospitals

According to Gaza’s Civil Defence agency, health workers exhumed nearly 340 bodies at the Nasser Medical Complex, victims of Israeli forces. However, Israel’s army dismissed the claims, labeling them as “baseless and unfounded.”

Meanwhile, hospitals in Gaza, which are protected under international law, have repeatedly been targeted by Israeli bombardments.

Israel has killed more than 34,262 Palestinians, mostly women and children, during the ongoing relentless bombardment campaign in Gaza since October 7.


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