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By Associated Press

Iraq’s government has recorded 87,215 of its citizens killed since 2005 in violence ranging from catastrophic bombings to execution-style slayings, according to government statistics obtained by The Associated Press that break open one of the most closely guarded secrets of the war.

Combined with tallies based on hospital sources and media reports since the beginning of the war and an in-depth review of available evidence by The Associated Press, the figures show that more than 110,600 Iraqis have died in violence since the 2003 U.S.-led invasion.

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By Human Rights Watch

The Israeli military’s findings about the conduct of its forces in Gaza, announced on April 22, lack credibility and confirm the need for an impartial international inquiry into alleged violations by both Israel and Hamas, Human Rights Watch said today. Israel and Hamas should cooperate with Justice Richard Goldstone, the eminent international jurist appointed by the UN Human Rights Council to investigate serious laws-of-war violations during the recent conflict.

“The investigative results make clear that the Israeli military will not objectively monitor itself,” said Joe Stork, deputy Middle East and North Africa director at Human Rights Watch. “The conclusions are an apparent attempt to mask violations of the laws of war by Israeli forces in Gaza. Only an impartial inquiry will provide a measure of redress for the civilians who were killed unlawfully. ”

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By Ma’an News Agency

Bethlehem/Gaza – A Palestinian family that lost 29 members to the Israeli offensive on Gaza in January has been exploited by a notorious lawyer falsely claiming to represent them in a 200 million dollar lawsuit against the Israeli government.

On 10 March, Muhammad Fuqara, a Palestinian lawyer living in Israel, announced that he was filing the suit for compensation on behalf of the Samuni family in the District Court in Nazareth, a predominantly Arab city in northern Israel.

Ma’an’s investigation reveals that Fuqara acted without authorization by the family, and had not even filed a lawsuit. Further, other Israeli lawyers say that Fuqara has been exposed as a serial exploiter of migrant workers in Israel. Fuqara has been under investigation by the police and the Israeli Bar Association.
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