Palestinians sit inside their house, which witnesses said was damaged in an Israeli offensive, during a five days truce in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip August 14, 2014. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa
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First Israel's Iron Dome air defense system protected Israel from rocket attacks.Israel had boycotted a previous U.N. committee that looked into Operation Cast Lead, a major 22-day operation over New Year 2009 that resulted in the deaths of 1,440 Palestinians and 13 Israelis.In autumn 2009, this committee published the so-called Goldstone Report, which accused both Israel and Hamas of war crimes and "possibly crimes against humanity". Israel has been accused all over the world of inflicting disproportionate casualties and collectively punishing Gaza's 1.8 million residents for rocket attacks perpetrated by hundreds of militants.Israel says Hamas caused civilian casualties by using innocent women and children as human shields.Schabas has urged Israel to cooperate with the inquiry.
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