UN mulls sending international war crimes probe to Gaza

More than 2700 Palestinians were wounded in the crackdown, and Gaza's health ministry says eight children under the age of 16 were killed.

Following the recent incidents, Pakistani Ambassador to United Nations Maleeha Lodhi on Wednesday called for an independent inquiry into Israeli "state terrorism" in Gaza. Zeid said he supported the call for an investigation "that is worldwide, independent and impartial, in the hope the truth regarding these matters will lead to justice".

Deadly protests at the Israel-Gaza border have waned over the past three days because Egypt has pressured Hamas to stop stoking the violent demonstrations, Fox News reported.

She also said the number of Marine security guards at the USA embassy in Jerusalem had been increased.

The foreign secretary also met the Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu during the Council of Foreign Ministers Meeting.

Russian Federation has also expressed its concerns over the escalation in the Gaza Strip, urging all parties to exercise restraint and reaffirming its adherence to a two-state solution, while European nations, such as Germany and France, have condemned the violence by Israel, with French President Emmanuel Macron reiterating his opposition to the transfer of the USA diplomatic premises to Jerusalem.

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Friday's special session of the UN Human Rights Council came at the request of Palestine and the UAE, on behalf of Arab countries in the council.

Meanwhile, Kuwait is urging the Security Council to condemn Israel's use of force against Palestinian civilians "in the strongest terms", especially in the Gaza Strip, and to deploy and worldwide force to protect civilians.

Pakistan has expressed full support for any move of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) to highlight the plight of the Palestinians, besides deploring the UN Security Council failure to slam brutalities of Israeli forces along Gaza border.

"Israel should be brought before the global criminal court".

The United States has defended Israel's actions in Gaza and will very likely veto the resolution if it's put to a vote. The council session would only serve to "empower Hamas and reward its terror strategy and its use of civilians as human shields to advance its terror activities against the citizens of Israel".

  • Megan Austin