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US Regrets UN Initiative to Launch Gaza Investigation | India News

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NEW DELHI: The United States said on Thursday it deeply regretted the decision of the United Nations Human Rights Council (HRC) to launch an international investigation into crimes that may have been committed in the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
“Today’s action, instead, threatens to jeopardize the progress that has been made,” said the statement issued by the US mission in Geneva.
The United States, which has observer status and does not have a vote in the Geneva forum, did not intervene in the special all-day session that adopted a resolution presented by the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (OIC) and the Palestinian delegation to the Nations. United.
UN body orders investigation of ‘systematic’ abuses in Israel and Palestinian areas
Hours earlier, the UNHRC decided to create an open international investigation into the violations surrounding the latest violence in Gaza and into “systematic” abuses in the Palestinian territories and within Israel.
The resolution, which passed with 24 of the 47 council members in favor, will stimulate an unprecedented level of scrutiny on abuses and their “root causes” in the decades of conflict in the Middle East.
The text, which was submitted by Pakistan on behalf of the OIC, was discussed during the one-day special council session focused on the rise in deadly violence between Israelis and Palestinians this month.
Opening the session, UN Human Rights Chief Michelle Bachelet expressed particular concern about the “high level of civilian casualties and injuries” from the attacks on Gaza and warned that Israeli attacks on the enclave “may constitute crimes of war”.
He also said that the “indiscriminate” firing of Hamas rockets at Israel was “a clear violation of international humanitarian law.”
(With inputs from agencies)



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