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Former UNHRC head appointed to lead probe into Israel’s most recent bombing of Gaza
By News Desk - July 22 2021
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On 22 July, the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) named former chief Navi Pillay as head of an international inquiry into alleged war crimes committed during Israel’s bombing of the Gaza Strip last May.

The UNHRC agreed to launch the investigation mere days after a ceasefire was declared between Israel and Hamas on 21 May. This investigation will examine possible war crimes committed in the occupied West Bank, Israel and the Gaza Strip, when occupation forces killed 248 Palestinians, including 66 children.

Israel rejected the resolution adopted by the Geneva forum at an emergency special session and said it would not cooperate. The investigators, whose work is to identify those responsible for violations with a view to ensure they are held accountable, are due to present their first report in June 2022.

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