UN Human Rights Council votes to investigate Israel

Jessica Hume, National Bureau

, Last Updated: 4:45 PM ET

OTTAWA — The UN's Human Rights Council voted Wednesday to launch a commission of inquiry into whether Israel has broken international humanitarian law in its latest incursion into the Gaza Strip.

The U.S. was the only member of the 46-country council that voted against the inquiry.

Israeli Leader Benjamin Netanyahu reacted swiftly and angrily following the vote, urging "decent people" everywhere to reject the resolution.

The Israeli envoy to the UN condemned the international body and accused it of failing to protect Israeli citizens.

More than 600 Palestinians and around 30 Israelis, most of them soldiers, have died in the recent fighting.

Foreign Affairs Minister John Baird accused the UN of "singling out" Israel.

"This resolution turns a blind eye to the facts on the ground and that one party is responsible for the suffering of the Palestinian people and that is the international terrorist group Hamas," Baird said.


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