Palestinians gather as rescue workers search for victims under the rubble of a house which witnesses said was destroyed in an Israeli airstrike in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip July 25, 2014. (REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa)
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Top Palestinian officials have accused Israel of war crimes in Gaza, filing a complaint Friday to the International Criminal Court in The Hague.Palestinian Justice Minister Saleem Al-Saqqa and Ismail Jabr, the Gaza court public prosecutor, started legal proceedings via a Paris-based lawyer over the 18 days of fighting between Hamas fighters and Israeli ground forces that's left 800 Palestinians dead -- including hundreds of civilians. If the legal complaint is accepted it could give the Palestinians the first realistic chance of bringing a war crimes case against Israel.
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