Israel strikes Hamas sites in Gaza over fire balloons, challenging May truce

UN rights council to mull international probe after Gaza conflict


Geneva: According to a proposal submitted on Tuesday, the UN Human Rights Council will consider conducting an extensive international investigation of abuses in the recent conflict in Gaza and “systematic” abuses.

The draft resolution, which will be discussed at a special meeting of the Security Council on Thursday, was introduced during the 11 days of deadly violent clashes between Israel and Palestinian armed groups in Gaza this month.

The text, presented by Pakistan on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, calls for the UN top rights body to “urgently establish an ongoing independent, international commission of inquiry… in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem and in Israel.”

The investigators, the text said, should probe “all alleged violations and abuses” of international law linked to the tensions that sparked the latest violence.

Before a truce took hold last Friday, Israeli air strikes and artillery fire on Gaza killed 253 Palestinians, including 66 children, and wounded more than 1,900 people in 11 days of conflict from May 10, the health ministry in Gaza says.

Military doctors said rockets and other fires from Gaza killed 12 people in Israel, including a child and an Arab-Israeli teenager, an Israeli soldier, an Indian national and two Thai workers. About 357 people were injured in Israel.

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