Palestinian worshippers pray in Jerusalem's Al-Aqsa Mosque compound on the first Friday prayers of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on May 18, 2018 / AFP / Ahmad GHARABLI
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The U.N. Human Rights Council voted Friday to send a team of international war crimes investigators to probe the deadly shootings of Gaza protesters by Israeli forces.The special U.N. session comes after six weeks of mass protests and clashes along the Gaza border with Palestinian refugees demanding the right to return to their former homes inside what is now Israel.Opening the special session earlier Friday, U.N. rights chief Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein slammed the "wholly disproportionate" use of force by Israeli troops and backed the call for an international probe.The United Nations Security Council will begin talks Monday on a Kuwait-drafted resolution that condemns Israeli force against Palestinian civilians and calls for an "international protection mission" to be deployed to occupied Palestine.In Gaza Friday, hundreds of Palestinians gathered along the border with Israel for the eighth weekly protest.Hamas leaders visited the camps.Hamas said rallies will continue until the blockade – imposed by Israel and Egypt after Hamas took over Gaza in 2007 – is lifted.
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