Saturday, January 10, 2009
By Mel Frykberg
"RAMALLAH, Jan 10 (IPS) - A United Nations report that Israel ordered civilians into a building and then shelled it marks yet more evidence of widespread targeting of civilians in the Gaza assault.
The UN report calls for a war crimes investigation into Israel's shelling of a civilian building in Gaza city Jan. 4. It described the shelling as "one of the gravest incidents" since Israeli infantry and armoured troops entered Gaza.
The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) cited eyewitnesses to report that on Jan. 4 Israeli ground troops ordered more than 100 Palestinian civilians into a house in Gaza city. Allegre Pachecho, deputy chief of OCHA, said that the following day the building was hit by Israeli shells.
Israeli human rights groups say at least 30 people were killed in the shelling......."