A Palestinian boy pics flowers in front of the destroyed and deserted main gate of the Gaza strips’ former international airport in the southern city of Rafah on August 18, 2014. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX
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Israeli restrictions have left two of the world's most prominent human rights organizations struggling to collect evidence of potential war crimes in Gaza, representatives of the groups told Reuters.Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch staff have not received permits to enter Gaza despite lobbying Israel and Egypt since the early days of the conflict, which began last month.Six weeks of on-off fighting between Israel and Palestinian militants in Gaza has killed around 2,016 Palestinians – mostly civilians – as well as 64 Israeli soldiers and three civilians.Amnesty said it had not registered with Israel because it thought it would not be recognized as a humanitarian or development organization.Both groups operate in the West Bank and Israel, but HRW has been denied entry to Gaza through Israel since 2006 and Amnesty since the summer of 2012 .
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