UN expert says Israel's destruction of Gaza homes is a war crime

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GAZA – An independent UN expert stated on Wednesday that the widespread and systematic Israeli shelling of homes and civilian infrastructure in Gaza amounts to a war crime and a crime against humanity, according to Al- Mamlaka.  اضافة اعلان

The UN Special Rapporteur on Adequate Housing, Leilani Farha, observed that the Israeli aggression on Gaza over the past month has resulted in the destruction or damage of 45% of all housing units in the region, warning that the destruction comes at a "staggering human cost."

The UN expert affirmed that the systematic or widespread bombing of housing and civilian properties and infrastructure is strictly prohibited by international law.

She stated that "the execution of hostile acts with the knowledge that they will systematically lead to the destruction of civilian housing and infrastructure, rendering an entire city, such as Gaza, uninhabitable for civilians, constitutes a war crime."

Moreover, when these acts are "directed against civilian populations, they also rise to the level of crimes against humanity."

Farha, appointed by the UN Human Rights Council, does not speak on behalf of the United Nations. 

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