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Former UN rights chief to lead inquiry into Israeli-Palestinian ‘abuses’

UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay speaks during a news conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday, December 2, 2013. (AP/Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi)
UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay speaks during a news conference at the European headquarters of the United Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, on Monday, December 2, 2013. (AP/Keystone, Salvatore Di Nolfi)

Former UN human rights chief Navi Pillay will lead a UN inquiry into “systematic” abuses in Israel and the Palestinian territories, the UN announces.

The president of the UN Human Rights Council says Pillay will lead the probe that was triggered during a special session of the council focused on the surge in deadly violence between Israelis and Palestinians in May.

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