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UN Human Rights Council to hold special session on Israel violence in Gaza

May 16, 2018 at 12:32 pm

A wounded Palestinian protester is evacuated during clashes with Israeli security froces in a tent city protest where Palestinians demand the right to return to their homeland, on the occasion of the 70th anniversary of the “Nakba”, and against U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem at the Israel-Gaza border, in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip on 14 May, 2018 [Ramez Habboub/Apaimages]

The 47 member states of the UN Human Rights Council will hold a special session on Friday to debate the deteriorating human rights situation in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, the UN said yesterday.

“The special session is being convened per an official request submitted this evening [yesterday] by Palestine and the United Arab Emirates, on behalf of the Arab Group of States, which has been supported by 26 states thus far,” the UN human rights office said in an emailed statement.

Some 63 Palestinians have been killed in two days of protests near the Gaza-Israel border. Israeli occupation forces have used live fire and tear gas to disperse peaceful Palestinian demonstrators who came out in opposition to the US embassy move to occupied Jerusalem and to call for an end to the 11-year siege on the Strip and their right of return.

Eight-month-old Layla Al-Ghandoor was the youngest victim of Israel’s brutal attack on protesters. She died as a result of tear gas inhalation.

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