U.N. Gaza war inquiry to pursue work despite resignation




 
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February 3rd, 2015  
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Topic: U.N. Gaza war inquiry to pursue work despite resignation


By Allyn Fisher-Ilan and Stephanie Nebehay JERUSALEM/GENEVA (Reuters) - A United Nations inquiry into possible war crimes in the Gaza conflict will produce its report on time next month despite the resignation of its chairman, officials said on Tuesday, brushing aside a demand from Israel's prime minister to shelve it. Canadian academic William Schabas, the head of a U.N. inquiry into last summer's war between Israel and Gaza, said on Monday he would resign after Israeli allegations of bias due to consultancy work he did for the Palestine Liberation Organisation. Netanyahu said in a statement that following the resignation, publication of the report ought to be shelved and that the Hamas Islamist group in Gaza should be investigated rather than the Jewish state. More than 2,100 Palestinians, most of them civilians, 67 Israeli soldiers and six civilians in Israel, were killed in the conflict.




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