Amnesty Urges Investigation of 'Unprecedented' Israeli Attacks in Gaza
Rights group Amnesty International is calling for an investigation into the Israeli military's actions during its 50-day war against Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
In a new report Wednesday, Amnesty says Israel carried out an "unprecedented number of attacks on inhabited homes," causing an "appalling" scale of death and destruction.
The fighting in July and August killed more than 2,100 Palestinians in Gaza, most of them civilians, along with 67 Israeli soldiers and six civilians.
Amnesty's report cites both sides for committing serious human rights violations, but focuses on Israeli bombings of occupied buildings in Gaza. It says Israel did not take necessary precautions to ensure the attacks would not harm civilians.
Phillip Luther, Amnesty's Middle East and North Africa director, said Israeli forces showed "callous indifference" for the destruction they caused along with a "shocking disregard" for Palestinians not involved in the fighting.
Israel has not responded to the report.
West African Leaders Press for Transition in Burkina Faso
Three West African leaders are in Burkina Faso to push army leaders to honor their pledge to hand over power to a civilian transitional government.
Ghana's President John Mahama, Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and Senegalese President Macky Sall arrived in the capital, Ouagadougou, on Wednesday.
The presidents are expected to meet with Burkina Faso's interim leader, Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida, as well as leaders of the opposition.
The military took control Friday after president Blaise Compaore resigned and fled to neighboring Ivory Coast.
Ivorian President Alassane Ouattara said Tuesday that Mr. Compaore is in "good spirits" and can stay as long as he wants.
The military appointed Lieutenant Colonel Isaac Zida as an interim leader, and he has said several times he would quickly transfer power.
On Monday, the African Union warned that Burkina Faso faces possible sanctions unless a civilian government takes power within two weeks.
An attempt to extend his rule ended in failure last week when protesters burned parliament, hours before lawmakers were due to vote on a measure eliminating term limits.