Scale of suffering in Gaza will make accusations of war crimes harder to deny

The Israeli campaign against Hamas been described by some as ‘domicide’ – the destruction of homes and infrastructure

• UK government lawyers say Israel is breaking international law – leaked recording

Israel has faced questions about whether its war on Hamas inside Gaza broke international law ever since the first few days of the ­campaign, when it cut off all food, water and fuel shipments to the enclave.

As the scale of death, ­destruction and human suffering escalated, ­concerns hardened into warnings that Israel risked committing war crimes, including from key allies. In January, the UK foreign secretary, David Cameron, said he was “worried” Israel may have breached international law.

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