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Tutu to head mission to Beit Hanoun

UN names Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu to head a fact-finding mission to Gaza.

    Tutu is a former Anglican
    Archbishop in South Africa

    Artillery bombardment

     

    The UN Human Rights Council voted on November 15 to set up the fact-finding mission into the deaths during an Israeli artillery bombardment.

     

    "Thirty-two countries in the 47-member Council, mainly from Asia, Africa and the Middle East, voted for the resolution setting up the mission"

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    The former Anglican Archbishop chaired the South African Truth  and Reconciliation after the end of the apartheid regime.

     

    Thirty-two countries in the 47-member Council, mainly from Asia, Africa and the Middle East, voted for the resolution setting up the mission.

     

    Eight countries, including Canada and European nations such as Britain and Germany, opposed the move.

     

    Six nations, including  France, Switzerland and Japan, abstained.

     

    Nineteen Palestinians were killed on November 18 in the Israeli shelling of private homes in the northern Gaza town of Beit Hanun, which Israel blamed on a "technical malfunction".

    SOURCE: Agencies


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