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Amnesty: Israel Committed War Crimes in Gaza Bombings

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FILE - A man stands in rubble of his house, destroyed in this year's Israel-Hamas conflict, in the Shijaiyah neighborhood of Gaza City, Nov. 24, 2014.

FILE - A man stands in rubble of his house, destroyed in this year's Israel-Hamas conflict, in the Shijaiyah neighborhood of Gaza City, Nov. 24, 2014.

Amnesty International says Israel committed war crimes in Gaza with what the human rights group called the "deliberate and direct" destruction of four civilian high-rise buildings in August.

In a report released Monday, Amnesty said the Israeli military did not take sufficient precautions to minimize harm to civilians or their property during a 50-day war with Hamas, in violation of international law. It alleged that scores of Gazans were injured and hundreds more lost homes, businesses and personal items in the bombing.

Amnesty said Tel Aviv did not respond to a request for comment on the report's allegations. Israel has previously maintained that Hamas used civilian facilities to direct military operations and house weapons.

The rights group has accused Israel of using excessive force before. A November report said Israel launched an "unprecedented number of attacks on inhabited homes" in the Gaza Strip this summer, causing an "appalling" amount of death and destruction.

Fighting that began in retaliation for Hamas firing rockets into Israel killed more than 2,100 Palestinians in Gaza, most of them civilians, along with 67 Israeli soldiers and six civilians. A cease-fire was reached in August.

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