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UN rights council orders probe of ‘systemic’ abuses in Israel, Palestinian areas

GENEVA — The UN Human Rights Council decides to create an open-ended international investigation into violations surrounding the latest Gaza violence, and also into “systematic” abuses in the Palestinian territories and inside Israel.

The resolution, which passes with 24 of the council’s 47 members in favor, nine opposed and 14 abstaining, will spur an unprecedented level of scrutiny on abuses and their “root causes” in the decades-long Middle East conflict.

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