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UN rights body condemns Israel over 2014 war on Gaza

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Caption: Palestinian men clear the rubble of buildings that were destroyed during the 50-day 2014 Israeli war on the Gaza Strip, in the Beit Hanun, northern Gaza, July 3, 2015. (© AFP)

The United Nations Human Rights Council has passed a resolution condemning Israel for targeting civilians in the Gaza Strip during the Tel Aviv regime’s military offensive against the enclave last summer.

The Friday resolution said those responsible for human rights violations during the 2014 Gaza war must be held accountable, while effective remedies, including reparations, should be provided for all of the victims of the conflict.

The resolution by the 47-member Geneva-based body received yes votes from 41 states, while five countries abstained. The United States was the only country voting against the resolution.

The resolution has no binding effect but is expected to add more pressure on Israel over the crimes it committed during the 2014 war, and further complicate its case before the International Criminal Court (ICC).

Israel keeps denying that its troops and military commanders have committed war crimes.

The Tel Aviv regime condemned the Friday resolution, calling it one-sided.

The resolution also cited a recent report by the UN Commission of Inquiry on Israel’s Gaza war in 2014, which denounced Tel Aviv’s use of “huge firepower” against the tiny coastal region while it concluded that the regime may have committed war crimes against Gazans.

Palestinian envoy to the UN Ibrahim Khraishi welcomed the resolution, while the Israeli representative called it “an anti-Israeli manifesto.”

Israel’s 50-day war against Gaza, which started on July 8, 2014, killed 2,140 Palestinians. It wreaked huge destruction on the enclave.


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