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UN votes to send war crimes investigators to Gaza

UN votes to send war crimes investigators to Gaza

The United Nations' top human rights body has voted to send a team of international war crimes investigators to probe the deadly shootings of Gaza protesters by Israeli forces.

A resolution calling on the UN Human Rights Council to "urgently dispatch an independent, international commission of inquiry" was backed on Friday by 29 members.

Two opposed and 14 abstained.

Investigators must "investigate all alleged violations and abuses… in the context of the military assaults on large scale civilian protests that began on 30 March 2018", the approved resolution said.

Earlier on Friday, Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein, the UN human rights chief, had backed calls for an international probe.

On Monday, Israeli army snipers shot dead at least 62 Palestinians protesting near the fence with Israel.

Since protests began on March 30, Israeli forces have killed 106 Palestinians, including 15 children. More than 12,000 were injured, at least 3,500 by live ammunition,

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