UNHRC: Israel should pay for Cast Lead damage

By ASSOCIATED PRESS
March 25, 2010 13:06

GENEVA — The UN Human Rights Council on Thursday approved a resolution calling for Israel to pay Palestinians reparations for loss and damages suffered during last year's Operation Cast Lead.

The 47-nation council isn't calling for similar payments by Palestinians to Israelis.

The proposal by Pakistan was backed Thursday by a majority of 29 to 6 in a vote by the Geneva-based body. There were 11 abstentions.

The resolution also suggested that the International Committee of the Red Cross should investigate Israel's alleged use of white phosphorus, an incendiary munition, during the three week conflict.

The council has been criticized for excessively focusing on Israel in the past. It approved four other resolutions condemning the Jewish state Wednesday.


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