The UN launches an investigation into Israel’s ongoing assault on the Gaza Strip.
Twenty-nine of the UN Human Rights Council’s 47 members voted in favour of creating a commission of inquiry to look at possible war crimes committed by Israel. Only the United States voted against the resolution, while 17 states abstained, 10 of them European. The vote was taken after Navi Pillay, the UN’s human rights commissioner, said there is a “strong possibility” that Israel is guilty. The UN council condemned the Israeli assault on Gaza, which it said has involved “disproportionate and indiscriminate attacks”, including aerial bombing of civilian areas, collective punishment and the killing of more than 700 Palestinians.