Israeli military divided over whether to probe wartime conduct by soldiers in Gaza

January 6, 2015 5:15 AM

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Israeli military divided over whether to probe wartime conduct by soldiers in Gaza

FILE - In this Aug. 2, 2014 file photo, a paramedic carries a dead Palestinian child after Israel bombarded Rafah as troops searched for an officer they believe was captured by Hamas at a hospital, in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip. A fierce debate is raging within Israel's military over the extent to which soldiers should be held legally accountable for their actions during last year’s Gaza war, with commanders increasingly at odds with military lawyers. The main bone of contention in the military ranks surrounds the events of Aug. 1, when a temporary cease-fire was interrupted by the suspected capture of an Israeli soldier by Hamas militants. Israel unleashed a massive barrage of airstrikes and artillery fire aimed at blocking any potential escape routes of the abductors, which killed nearly 200 people in the southern Gaza town of Rafah, according to Palestinian rights groups. (AP Photo/Eyad Baba, File) (The Associated Press)

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2014 file photo, men evacuate a survivor of an Israeli airstrike that hit the Al Ghoul family building in Rafah, southern Gaza Strip, killing and wounding many members of the family. A fierce debate is raging within Israel's military over the extent to which soldiers should be...

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