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The UN high commissioner for human rights said on Thursday that the Israeli deadly strikes on Gaza might constitute war crimes and that Islamist group Hamas had violated international humanitarian law by firing rockets into 'Israel'.

Michelle Bachelet said her office had verified the deaths of 270 Palestinians in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem, including 68 children, during violence the Israeli aggression.

Most were killed in  Gaza, where Israel fought attacked the civilians and the resistance factions for 11 days.

The conflict ended with a ceasefire.

Hamas rockets killed 10 Israelis and residents.

She was addressing a special session of the UN Human Rights Council, held at the request of Muslim states who have asked for a UN commission of inquiry to investigate possible crimes and to establish command responsibility.

The resolution, presented by the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation and the Palestinian delegation to the UN Human Rights Council, was to be voted on later on Thursday.

The United States, Israel's closest ally and sponsor, did not sign up to address the talks, where it has observer status, appearing to shun the ninth session held on Gaza since 2006.

'Regrettably, the self-professed global champions of human rights continue to shield the occupier from global accountability, and literally provide arms and ammunitions for its widely reported war crimes and crimes of apartheid against the Palestinian people,' Pakistan's ambassador to the OIC, Khalil Hashmi, said, speaking on behalf of the Islamic group

Original Article Source: Al Manar | Published on Thursday, 27 May 2021 18:28 (about 112 days ago)