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Much awaited UN report on 2014 Gaza war says both sides may have committed war crimes

  • FILE - In this July 22, 2014 file photo, smoke and debris from an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City, as Israeli airstrikes pummeled a wide range of locations along the coastal area and diplomatic efforts intensified to end the  war. A much-awaited United Nations report into the 2014 Gaza war released Monday, June 22, 2015, found that both Israel and Palestinian militant groups may have committed war crimes during the conflict. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa, File)

    FILE - In this July 22, 2014 file photo, smoke and debris from an Israeli strike rises over Gaza City, as Israeli airstrikes pummeled a wide range of locations along the coastal area and diplomatic efforts intensified to end the war. A much-awaited United Nations report into the 2014 Gaza war released Monday, June 22, 2015, found that both Israel and Palestinian militant groups may have committed war crimes during the conflict. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa, File)  (The Associated Press)

  • FILE - In this July 16, 2014 file photo, a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from inside the Gaza Strip makes its way towards central Israel, seen from Israel Gaza Border. A much-awaited United Nations report into the 2014 Gaza war released Monday, June 22, 2015, found that both Israel and Palestinian militant groups may have committed war crimes during the conflict. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, File)

    FILE - In this July 16, 2014 file photo, a rocket fired by Palestinian militants from inside the Gaza Strip makes its way towards central Israel, seen from Israel Gaza Border. A much-awaited United Nations report into the 2014 Gaza war released Monday, June 22, 2015, found that both Israel and Palestinian militant groups may have committed war crimes during the conflict. (AP Photo/Ariel Schalit, 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. A much-awaited United Nations report into the 2014 Gaza war released Monday, June 22, 2015, found that both Israel and Palestinian militant groups may have committed war crimes during the conflict. More than 2,200 Palestinians, including hundreds of civilians, were killed during the fighting, according to U.N. and Palestinian officials, while 73 people, including six civilians, died on the Israeli side.  (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. A much-awaited United Nations report into the 2014 Gaza war released Monday, June 22, 2015, found that both Israel and Palestinian militant groups may have committed war crimes during the conflict. More than 2,200 Palestinians, including hundreds of civilians, were killed during the fighting, according to U.N. and Palestinian officials, while 73 people, including six civilians, died on the Israeli side. (AP Photo/Hatem Moussa, File)  (The Associated Press)

A United Nations report into the 2014 Gaza war has found that Israel and the Palestinians may have committed war crimes.

The much-awaited inquiry was released Monday. The commission says it gathered "substantial information pointing to serious violations of international humanitarian law and international human rights law" by both sides.

Israel launched its offensive last July 8 in response to heavy rocket fire from Hamas and other militant groups. More than 2,200 Palestinians, including hundreds of civilians, were killed during the fighting, according to U.N. and Palestinian officials, while 73 people died on the Israeli side.

Israel, which has long had a contentious relationship with the United Nations, preemptively slammed the report as biased.

A similar report following a 2008-2009 Gaza war was harshly critical of Israel and Hamas.