Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Malki delivers a press conference in the building of the Palestinian diplomatic representation to the Netherlands in The Hague on August 5, 2014. AFP PHOTO / ANP / MARTIJN BEEKMAN
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Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad al-Malki said there was "clear evidence" of war crimes by Israel during its offensive in Gaza as he met International Criminal Court prosecutors Tuesday to push for an investigation.Israel and the Palestinians traded accusations of war crimes during the Israeli military onslaught into Gaza, during which Hamas kept up rocket fire into Israel.Israel declined public comment, but a senior Israeli official who asked not to be identified said any ICC legal action against Israel over the Gaza conflict would prompt an Israeli countersuit at the ICC against the Palestinians.The Palestinians in 2009 asked the ICC's prosecutor's office to investigate alleged war crimes and crimes against humanity committed by the Israeli military in Gaza in 2008-2009 . It said there was mounting evidence of war crimes from both Israel and the Palestinians and an ICC investigation would be crucial in stopping the cycle of violations.
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