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UN Rights Team Condemns Israeli Attacks on Lebanese Civilians


A United Nations Human Rights Council investigation has criticized Israel's military for attacking civilians in Lebanon during the conflict with Hezbollah earlier this year.

In a report issued Tuesday, a team of rights experts said the civilian attacks were "flagrant violations" of human rights laws. They also said Israel's military engaged in a pattern of "excessive, indiscriminate and disproportionate use of force" in the month-long conflict.

The report also accused Hezbollah militants of using United Nations officials as human shields to launch attacks against Israeli forces in Lebanon. But the inquiry did not include a mandate to study Hezbollah actions in the conflict.

Also Tuesday, the rights group Amnesty International urged U.N. officials to do an independent probe into alleged violations during the conflict.

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