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Human rights group says Israel committed war crimes in Gaza war, highlights school attacks

  • FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2014, file photo, men inspect dead and wounded Palestinians outside a U.N. run school in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip. The Israeli military said Wednesday, Sept. 10, it has opened criminal investigations into two high-profile cases involving Palestinian civilian casualties in this summer's Gaza war, in an apparent attempt to head off international investigations into its conduct. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2014, file photo, men inspect dead and wounded Palestinians outside a U.N. run school in Rafah, in the southern Gaza Strip. The Israeli military said Wednesday, Sept. 10, it has opened criminal investigations into two high-profile cases involving Palestinian civilian casualties in this summer's Gaza war, in an apparent attempt to head off international investigations into its conduct. (AP Photo/Hatem Ali, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2014 file photo, a makeshift tent stands amid the destruction of buildings at a residential neighborhood in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip. The Israeli military said Wednesday, Sept. 10, it has opened criminal investigations into two high-profile cases involving Palestinian civilian casualties in this summer's Gaza war, in an apparent attempt to head off international investigations into its conduct. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa, File)

    FILE - In this Aug. 7, 2014 file photo, a makeshift tent stands amid the destruction of buildings at a residential neighborhood in Beit Lahiya, northern Gaza Strip. The Israeli military said Wednesday, Sept. 10, it has opened criminal investigations into two high-profile cases involving Palestinian civilian casualties in this summer's Gaza war, in an apparent attempt to head off international investigations into its conduct. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this July 29, 2014 file photo, smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City. The Israeli military said Wednesday, Sept. 10, it has opened criminal investigations into two high-profile cases involving Palestinian civilian casualties in this summer's Gaza war, in an apparent attempt to head off international investigations into its conduct. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa, File)

    FILE - In this July 29, 2014 file photo, smoke and fire from the explosion of an Israeli strike rise over Gaza City. The Israeli military said Wednesday, Sept. 10, it has opened criminal investigations into two high-profile cases involving Palestinian civilian casualties in this summer's Gaza war, in an apparent attempt to head off international investigations into its conduct. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa, File)  (The Associated Press)

An international human rights group says Israel committed war crimes in the latest round of fighting against Hamas in Gaza.

New York-based Human Rights Watch made the conclusion following an investigation it carried out into attacks on or near three U.N.-run schools housing displaced Palestinians.

The group said Thursday that no military targets were apparent in the school area and that some of the attacks were "indiscriminate."

The Israeli military had no immediate comment. On Wednesday, it announced it launched its own probe into the war. Israel accuses Hamas of using civilians as human shields.

The attacks on the schools elicited widespread condemnation.

The U.N., which has accused both Israel and Hamas militants of violating the rules of war, has appointed a commission of inquiry to look into the fighting.