UN establishes independent inquiry panel on recent Gaza conflict

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Ron Prosor. UN Photo/Amanda Voisard

An internal and independent United Nations panel has been set up by the UN Secretary-General to investigate the recent conflict in the Gaza strip.

The inquiry will look into incidents that occurred in Gaza between July and August this year in which over 2,000 Palestinians were killed as well as 70 Israelis.

Over 100,000 homes were also destroyed, including some UN facilities.

The investigation will be led by a representative of the Netherlands and other members are Argentina, the United States, Canada and India.

Israel's Ambassador to the UN, Ron Prosor, would not clarify whether his country would cooperate with the panel.

However, he voiced serious concern over what he described as "incitements by the Palestinian Authority" and calls by Iran for the destruction of Israel.

"Ignoring incitement and terrorism is similar to supporting terrorism. In the last two weeks, Israel has seen five terror attacks, 5 people killed and dozens others have been seriously injured. Just hours ago, a young soldier was stabbed in Tel Aviv and a young woman was stabbed just South of Jerusalem."

There was no immediate reaction from the Ambassador and Permanent Observer of the Palestinian Authority to the UN.

The Secretary-General said he expected the Board of inquiry to enjoy the full cooperation of all parties concerned.

Stephanie Castro, United Nations.

Duration: 1’31″

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