Friday, May 18, 2018

Gaza: UN to launch war crimes investigation into Israeli forces’ shooting of protesters


The resolution condemned “the disproportionate and indiscriminate use of force by the Israeli occupying forces against Palestinian civilians”.

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Source/Credit: The Independent
By Samuel Osborne, Chloe Farand | May 18, 2018

UN human rights chief slams Israel's 'wholly disproportionate response'

The UN has voted to send an international war crimes probe to Gaza after the body’s leading human rights official slammed Israel’s reaction to protests along the border as “wholly disproportionate”.

Israeli firing into Hamas-ruled Gaza killed nearly 60 Palestinians at mass border protests on Monday.

“There is little evidence of any attempt to minimise casualties on Monday,” Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein told a special session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.

The council voted through the resolution with 29 in favour and two opposed, while 14 states abstained.

The resolution also condemned “the disproportionate and indiscriminate use of force by the Israeli occupying forces against Palestinian civilians”.

Israel condemned the resolution, which was put forward by a group of countries including Pakistan. The United States decried it as an example of a biased focus on Israel by the council.

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