Monday, January 12, 2009

AP - UN body condemns Israel over Gaza

The Associated Press

GENEVA — The top UN rights body has approved a resolution condemning Israel's military offensive in Gaza saying it has "resulted in massive violations of human rights of the Palestinian people.

"The Human Rights Council's 47 members voted 33 in favor and 1 against the resolution that also accuses Israel of systematically destroying Palestinian infrastructure and of targeting civilians and medical facilities.

European Union countries abstained and Canada voted against the resolution.

Some 870 Palestinians have died since Israel launched its offensive on Dec. 27 in response to Hamas rocket attacks.

The resolution approved in Geneva Monday urges an end to the rocket attacks but mentions neither Hamas nor violations of Israeli civilians' rights.

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