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Gaza crisis moves to full UN Assembly

Published on Aug 5, 2014 4:29 AM
 
Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay, who will be among the top UN officials briefing ambassadors, has said Israel’s offensive in Gaza could amount to war crimes. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

UNITED NATIONS, United States (AFP) - With criticism mounting of UN inaction in the Gaza conflict, envoys from all 193 countries of the United Nations will meet Wednesday to hear top officials report on the crisis.

The meeting of the UN General Assembly was requested by Arab countries who are pushing for a toughly-worded resolution to be adopted by the Security Council.

Top UN officials will brief ambassadors including Human Rights Commissioner Navi Pillay, who has said Israel’s offensive in Gaza could amount to war crimes.

The head of the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, Pierre Krahenbuhl, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Middle East envoy Robert Serry and the head of humanitarian relief in Gaza, Kyung-wha Kang, are also to speak to the assembly, the Ugandan presidency of the General Assembly said.

 
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