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After ceasefire between Israel and Palestinian armed groups, EU must take strong measures to ensure accountability and the lifting of Gaza’s illegal closure to avoid future violence

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22 November 2012

The Euro-Mediterranean Human Rights Network (EMHRN) welcomes the ceasefire agreed between Israel and the Palestinian armed groups on 21 November 2012 and urges all parties to respect it.
The EMHRN is concerned by the large number of civilian casualties and the destruction of civilian property during the hostilities and condemns the alleged violations of international law.
The EMHRN is deeply disturbed that the EU should keep silent about grave suspicions of Israeli violations of international law.
The EMHRN urges the EU and the international community to take all measures necessary to ensure that alleged violations of international law by all parties are investigated and prosecuted and that obligations under international humanitarian law (IHL) and human rights law are fully respected, including the lifting of the illegal closure of the Gaza Strip.
On 14 November, Israel launched a military campaign, code named “Operation Pillar of Defence”, launching over 1,500 aerial, marine and ground bombardments throughout the Gaza Strip, using missiles and artilleries.
Meanwhile, Palestinian armed groups in the Gaza Strip fired over 1,500 rockets and missiles into Israel.