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UN Rights Council Orders Probe of Israel's Lebanon Campaign


The United Nations Human Rights Council has ordered a commission of inquiry to investigate alleged abuses by Israel in its campaign against Hezbollah in Lebanon.

Council members Friday voted 27-11 in support of the inquiry at a special session in Geneva.

The 57-member Organization of the Islamic Conference requested the session and proposed the resolution that singled out Israel for condemnation and avoided any criticism of Hezbollah.

Earlier Friday, the U.N. human rights chief urged the Council to take account of Hezbollah's actions - in addition to Israel. Louise Arbour said Israeli attacks affecting civilians continue unabated, but she also deplored Hezbollah's "indiscriminate shelling of densely populated centers in northern Israel."

And she noted repeated allegations of Hezbollah's use of human shields.

Some information for this report was provided by AFP and AP.

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