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."

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.

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