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    The UN Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 summer conflict in Gaza suggested that Israel granted commissioners with access to the scene of the military actions.

    UNITED NATIONS, December 23 (Sputnik) — The UN Independent Commission of Inquiry on the 2014 summer conflict in Gaza said on Tuesday that Israel had not yet granted the commissioners with access to the scene of the hostilities to conduct an investigation.

    "The Commission has repeatedly sought the cooperation of the Government of Israel to facilitate access so the Commissioners can meet face to face a wide range of victims of alleged violations and also the relevant authorities. In the absence of a response from Israel, the Commission of Inquiry is still actively seeking the cooperation of the Government of Egypt, which has indicated it is ready to facilitate the Commissioners' travel to Gaza as soon as the security situation permits travel there," the commission said.

    On November 10, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon established a board of inquiry to look into the events surrounding the summer conflict.

    Due to Israel’s non-cooperation in the matter, the commission announced the establishment of an email account, to which witnesses can send any information they possess on the events that happened in summer. Submissions, the commission said, will need to be sent no later than by January 10, 2015.

    The commission aims to investigate a number of alleged violations committed by all parties to the summer conflict, also known as Operation Protective Edge. The operation was launched by Israel in July against Hamas forces in Gaza.

    According to the United Nations, more than 2,000 Palestinians, mostly civilians, and more than 60 Israelis died during the operation before an open-ended ceasefire was agreed upon on August 26.


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