UN speaks out on Israeli action
Aljazeera.Net - UN speaks out on Israeli action:
A UN body has condemned Israeli action in Gaza and called for the release of Palestinians captured during the offensive.
The recently created Human Rights Council voted on Thursday to condemn the offensive launched last week, which Israel said was to recover a soldier captured by Palestinian militants on 25 June.
The 47-member council adopted a resolution demanding a halt to Israel's military operation and decided to 'dispatch an urgent fact-finding mission by the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory'.
The special session on Wednesday and Thursday was called by the Arab Group in the UN and supported by about a dozen other member states, including China, India, Russia and South Africa.