Arab League condemns Israeli 'war crimes' in Gaza's Shejaiya

The Arab League on Sunday lashed out at Israel for pounding Gaza's Shejaiya district, accusing the Jewish state of "war crimes," and called for an "immediate stop" to its offensive.

More than 60 Palestinians were killed Sunday as Israeli forces bombarded Shejaiya, sending thousands fleeing in the deadliest assault on the Palestinian enclave in five years.

"What Shejaiya is undergoing today in terms of brutal bombing operations are war crimes against Palestinian civilians and a dangerous escalation that could have further consequences," Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi said in a statement.

He called for an "immediate stop of Israeli aggression on Gaza and the necessary protection of Palestinian civilians".

"Israel is fully responsible for this crime that killed dozens of innocent Palestinian civilians," Arabi said.

The 13-day conflict in Gaza between Israel and the militant Hamas movement has killed more than 400 Palestinians and seven Israelis -- five soldiers and two civilians.