The UN’s human rights body, UNCHR, has voted on Friday to send a team of international war crimes investigators to probe the killing of protesters in Gaza by the Israeli forces.
The resolution was announced after holding a special session on Friday and was backed by 29 members. Two members, the United States and Australia, voted against and 14 abstained.
According to the resolution, the council decided to “urgently dispatch an independent, international commission of inquiry to investigate all alleged violations and abuses of international humanitarian law and international human rights law in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem, particularly in the Occupied Gaza Strip, in the context of the military assault on large-scale civilian protests that began on 30 March 2018.”
The council also demanded that Israel immediately and fully end its illegal closure of the occupied Gaza Strip, which amounts to collective punishment of the Palestinian civilian population.
Since protests began on March 30, 2018, Israeli forces have killed more than 100 Palestinians, including 15 children, and more than 12 thousand have been wounded.