GENEVA, July 22 (Hfrance.fr) - The former head of human rights of the Nations United Nations Navi Pillay will head an international commission of inquiry into alleged crimes committed during the latest conflict between Israel and the Islamist Hamas group in Gaza, the UN Human Rights Council said on Thursday.s a statement.
The council agreed at the end of May to launch the investigation with a broad mandate to investigate all the alleged violations, not only in Gaza and in the Israeli-occupied West Bank, but also in Israel during the hostilities which were interrupted by a ceasefire on May 21.
At least 250 Palestinians and 13 people in Israel were killed in the fierce fighting, which saw militants from Gaza launch rockets at Israeli towns and Israel carry out airstrikes across the coastal enclave.
Michelle Bachelet, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, told the council at the time that the murderer Isra eli's strikes on Gaza could constitute war crimes and that Hamas had violated international humanitarian law by firing rockets at Israel.
Israel rejectedwas the resolution adopted by the Geneva forum at an emergency special session and said it would not cooperate.
Pillay, a former South African judge who served as United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights from 2008 to 2014, will lead the three-person panel also composed of Indian expert Miloon Kothari and Australian expert Chris Sidoti , according to the statement released by the Human Rights Council. Investigators, who have been tasked with trying to identify those responsible for the violations to ensure they are held accountable, are due to present their first report in June 2022. Report by Stephanie Nebehay ; Edited by Steve Orlofsky
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