The U.N. Human Rights Council voted Friday to send a team of international war crimes investigators to probe the deadly shootings of Gaza protesters by Israeli forces.
The 28th Special Session of the Council "Violations of international law in the context of large-scale civilian protests in the #OPT, including East Jerusalem" has concluded.
The draft Resolution has been adopted by 29 votes in favor, 2 against, 14 abstentions. pic.twitter.com/C1MOS6aTPn
— HRC SECRETARIAT (@UN_HRC) May 18, 2018
With 29 votes in favour, two opposed and 14 abstentions, the U.N.’s top human rights body voted through a resolution calling on the council to “urgently dispatch an independent, international commission of inquiry… to investigate all alleged violations and abuses… in the context of the military assaults on large scale civilian protests that began on 30 March 2018.”
Israel condemned “hypocrisy and absurdity” of the probe.
#Gaza: I again remind all concerned that lethal force may only be used in cases of extreme necessity, as a last resort, in response to an imminent threat of death or risk of serious injury. -UN #HumanRights Chief #Zeid
— UN Human Rights (@UNHumanRights) May 18, 2018