Resource: Fact-finding mission investigates ‘Protective Edge’

A new report by Physicians for Human Rights, authored by a team of international medical experts, documents shocking testimonies of victims and presents new evidence from Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.

In the course of the armed conflict during Operation Protective Edge in Gaza during the summer of 2014, allegations were made regarding the use of disproportionate force by the Israeli army, indiscriminate attacks on civilian targets, and a lack or failure of precautionary measures. Up until now, external independent experts were not allowed to enter Gaza for purposes of fact-finding and documentation of evidence, either during the fighting or after the ceasefire.

In July 2014, while the attacks were ongoing, Physicians for Human Rights-Israel made a decision to commission a fact-finding mission to Gaza. The aim was to collect and document, wherever possible, information regarding patterns of injury and attack from witnesses and victims. To this end, PHR-Israel recruited 8 independent international medical experts, who were not affiliated with either Israeli or Palestinian parties involved in the conflict. They visited Gaza three times — once during the fighting and twice after.

Read more about the report here.