Tutu to lead Beit Hanoun mission
The UN says Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu will lead its fact-finding
mission into Beit Hanoun where 19 Palestinians died in Israeli shelling on 8
Mr Tutu - the former archbishop of Cape Town - will report back to
the UN's Human Rights Council in December.
The mission aims to "recommend ways to protect Palestinian
civilians against further Israeli attacks", the UN says.
Israel has said the strike, which hit a civilian area in the Gaza
Strip town, was due to a "technical failure".
Mr Tutu - the winner of the 1984 Nobel Peace Prize for his fight
against apartheid in South Africa - will present his findings by the middle of
December, the Geneva-based council said.
Earlier this month, the council approved a resolution that
condemned "gross and systematic" human rights violations by Israel in the
occupied Palestinian territories and ordered an inquiry into the Beit Hanoun
Most of the victims were from one extended family. Several
children and women were among the dead.
Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas has described the killings as a
massacre, and demanded intervention by the United Nations.
Israel launched its operation in and around Beit Hanoun last month
in an effort to root out militants firing rockets.
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