July 25, 2014 at 11:20 am

Gaza officials accuse Israel of war crimes at ICC

Paris ó Top Palestinian officials have filed a complaint to the International Criminal Court, accusing Israel of war crimes in Gaza.

Palestinian Justice Minister Saleem Al-Saqqa and Ismail Jabr, the Gaza court public prosecutor, started legal proceedings Friday via a Paris-based lawyer over the 18 days of fighting between Hamas and Israel thatís left 800 Palestinians and 35 Israelis dead.

They accuse Israel of war crimes, including apartheid, attacks against civilians, excessive loss of human life and colonization.

To process the complaint, the Hague-based court must first rule if it has jurisdiction in the Palestinian Authority. The territory isnít a U.N. member but became an observer in 2012, a status the ICC chief prosecutor said was required for Palestinians to sign up to the court.