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Calls grow for probe into mass graves Israeli forces left in Gaza

A woman mourns by a body unearthed at Nasser Hospital in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on April 23, 2024. (Photo by AFP)

The European Union has called for an independent investigation into mass graves uncovered at Nasser and Shifa medical facilities in the besieged Gaza Strip.

“This is something that forces us to call for an independent investigation of all the suspicions and all the circumstances, because indeed it creates the impression that there might have been violations of international human rights committed,” EU spokesman Peter Stano said on Wednesday.

“That's why it's important to have independent investigation and to ensure accountability.”

The United Nations has also demanded a transparent inquiry into the mass graves. Any investigation, according to the UN, would need to involve international investigators “given the prevailing climate of impunity.”

On Wednesday, South Africa also called on the international community to urgently lead a thorough and impartial investigation into the matter.

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) said, “These grim findings call for immediate and comprehensive investigations to ensure justice and accountability.”

Israel continues to disregard the rulings by the International Court of Justice (ICJ) and UN resolutions amid unrelenting bombardment of Gaza, DIRCO said.

On Tuesday, Gaza’s Civil Defence agency said health workers had uncovered around 340 bodies over the previous four days of people killed and buried by Israeli forces at the Nasser hospital in Khan Younis.

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