Iraq’s security forces have killed at least 75 civilians and wounded hundreds of others in indiscriminate air strikes on five cities since June 6. Iraq may be fighting a vicious insurgency, but that’s no license to kill civilians anywhere they think Islamic State of Iraq and Sham (ISIS) fighters might be lurking.
The UN Human Rights Council today voted to launch an independent investigation into Israel’s offensive in Gaza. Hours earlier, the council’s head, Navi Pillay, said that Israeli’s actions may amount to “war crimes.” US Secretary of State John Kerry arrived in Tel Aviv in hopes of brokering a ceasefire, although Palestinian authorities said they will only back a ceasefire if the Egypt-Israel blockade of Gaza is ended.
The first bodies recovered from Malaysian Airline flight 17, which was downed in rebel-held eastern Ukraine, have been flown to the Netherlands. Most of the 298 passengers who perished in the fight were Dutch. Many have accused Ukraine’s pro-Russia rebels of downing the plane, and the rebels have also been accused of tampering with evidence on the ground.