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UN rights council launches probe into Israel's Gaza offensive

Palestinian Minister of Foreign Affairs Riad al-Malki, left, speaks with Ibrahim Khraishi, right, the Palestinian ambassador at the UN in Geneva during the United Nations Human Rights Council at the UN headquarters in Geneva, Switzerland, Wednesday, July 23, 2014. (AP Photo/Keystone, Martial Trezzini)

GENEVA: The UN Human Rights Council on Wednesday launched a probe into Israel's Gaza offensive, backing efforts by the Palestinians to hold the Jewish state up to international scrutiny.

The 46-member council backed a Palestinian-drafted resolution by 29 votes, with Arab and fellow Muslim countries joined by China, Russia and Latin American and African nations.

The United States was the sole member to vote against, while European countries abstained.

 

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