Amal Alamuddin, a British-Lebanese lawyer, who is also the fiancée of American Hollywood actor George Clooney, said on Tuesday she would not be serving on the three-member UN Gaza probe panel.

"I am horrified by the situation in the occupied Gaza Strip, particularly the civilian casualties," Alamuddin said in a statement, "and strongly believe that there should be an independent investigation and accountability for crimes that have been committed."

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She said that while she was honored to be offered the position, she had to turn it down due to "existing commitments – including eight ongoing cases," but wished the other panelists "courage and strength" as they go forward with the inquiry into Israel's actions during Operation Protective Edge.