Any Israeli soldiers accused of war crimes in the Gaza Strip will be given state protection from prosecution overseas, the country's PM has said. Ehud Olmert said troops should know Israel would keep them safe after they acted to protect their country. Palestinians say 1,300 people died during the offensive, and UN officials want independent probes into whether war crimes were committed.
International Criminal Court officials are considering an application by the Palestinian Authority that could allow it to investigate war crimes in Gaza. ... The PA hopes recognition of the court's jurisdiction will allow it to investigate allegations. Israel does not recognise the ICC's jurisdiction.
Israeli troops have detained eight Palestinian ministers and dozens of officials from the ruling Hamas group in raids across the West Bank. Sixty-four MPs and officials were seized, amid Israeli efforts to secure freedom for a captured soldier in Gaza. Israeli forces meanwhile massed at Gaza's northern border, as troops and tanks dug into positions in the south, a day after their original incursion. Air strikes have damaged...
An Israeli air strike on a car in Gaza City during a security operation has injured a Reuters news agency cameraman and a local journalist. At least one rocket hit the car as the cameraman was filming, knocking him unconscious, while the second man received serious leg wounds. The Reuters car was clearly marked all over as a media vehicle.
A video has appeared on the internet showing the first pictures of BBC correspondent Alan Johnston since his abduction in Gaza on 12 March. It is said to have been posted by the Army of Islam, the group that says it is holding the reporter.
Wish these images were in mass media, so that masses are really shocked and respond, massively... because words like "atrocities", "genocide","war crimes" have lost their power in the meantime. Tomáš J. Fülöpp
Naomi Klein calls for a strategy to use to put an end to Israeli apartheid and war crimes in Gaza. It is the strategy that worked to stop apartheid in South Africa 20 years ago: BDS = boycott, divestment, sanctions.
The senior United Nations official for humanitarian relief took a tour of Gaza on Tuesday, a year after Israel’s war here, and declared keen concern for what he called the collective punishment of 1.5 million Palestinians due to the blockade enforced by Israel and Egypt.
At least nine people have been killed after Israeli commandos stormed a convoy of ships carrying aid to the Gaza Strip, the Israeli army says. ... It happened about 64 km out to sea, in international waters.