Israel's Supreme Court has ruled that Palestinian residents of the West Bank and Gaza can sue Israel for damages caused by the Israeli military in non-combat operations.

The court nullified a law passed by the Israeli parliament last year that granted the state immunity from all Palestinian damage lawsuits against the Israeli military. Israel's government applied the law retroactively to the start of the current Palestinian uprising in 2000.

Several human rights groups petitioned the Supreme Court about the law, arguing Israel is responsible for the well-being of Palestinians as an occupying power.

The court partially agreed with the petition, but ruled that Palestinians cannot sue for damages caused by Israeli forces during combat operations.

The judges also ruled that citizens of an enemy state and members of terrorist groups are not eligible for any compensation from Israel.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP.