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U.N. calls for war crimes investigation over Gaza violence

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Istaeli protesters against violence in GazaThe United Nations said Friday it will begin a war crimes investigation into the killings of dozens of Palestinians by Israeli soldiers at mass demonstrations in Gaza this week.

In a 29-2 vote, with 14 abstentions, the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees agreed on a resolution to send a commission of inquiry to "provide recommendations to protect civilians against further assaults" in Gaza.

Australia and the United States voted against the recommendation, and Germany and Britain were among the abstentions.

The resolution calls for an "independent, international commission to inquiry" to be organized and produce a final report by next March.

Israeli military forces used live ammunition to subdue a demonstration Monday by about 10,000 protesters on Israel's independence day, regarded as "Nakba Day" or day of catastrophe by Palestinians. It coincided with the day the united States unveiled its Jerusalem embassy.



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