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UN endorses Gaza war crimes report
Published on:Friday, October 16, 2009 - 18:47
The UN Human Rights Council has endorsed a UN report that accuses both Israel and Hamas of committing war crimes in Gaza. The report by South African judge Richard Goldstone is most critical of Israel.
Close to 1,400 Palestinians and 13 Israelis were killed in the war last December and January. The resolution passed by the Council endorses all of the report's recommendations. Among other things, the report demands both parties to provide more information so the UN can determine what happened exactly. Israel, which refused to cooperate with the investigation, has dismissed the report as biased. The Israeli government says the report is bound to boost terrorist organisations. Israel and most of its Western allies see Hamas as a terrorist organisation.