The UN denounced that Israel destroyed “all buildings in Gaza within one kilometer of the fence” that separates this territory from Israel and that the purpose of this action is to clear the area to create a buffer zone (or buffer zone… security), which would be a war crime.
“This level of destruction cannot be justified under any military requirement.”
In a statement, the UN high commissioner for human rights, Volker Türk, said that this level of destruction, with the aim of creating a security zone for Israel, cannot be justified under any military necessity and would constitute a war crime.
“The extensive destruction of property that is not justified by military needs and is carried out illegally and deliberately is a serious violation of the Fourth Geneva Convention and a war crime,” he said.
“Since October (when the war in Gaza began between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas), my office has documented widespread destruction and demolition by the Israeli Defense Forces of civilians and other infrastructure, including residential buildings, schools, and universities, in places where there is no fighting or no fighting anymore,” he explained.
“Israel has not given clear reasons for such severe destruction of civilian infrastructure,” Türk stressed.
Reports of demolitions in Beit Hanoun and Shujaiyeh
Specifically, the UN agency received reports of demolitions in Beit Hanoun and Shujaiyeh (both towns in northern Gaza), in the refugee camp of Nureirat, in the central area of the enclave, as well as in the town of Khan Yunis, in in the south, in recent weeks.
According to Türk’s reading, such a level of destruction not only causes large displacements of the population but ultimately aims to make their return impossible when the hostilities are over, which could be another crime of war