The United Nations Human Rights Council has called for an end to Israel's military operations in the Gaza Strip launched after Palestinian militants abducted an Israeli soldier.
The council adopted a resolution proposed by the Organization of the Islamic Conference on a vote of 29 - 11, with five abstentions Thursday in Geneva.
The resolution urged all parties involved in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to respect the rules of international humanitarian law and refrain from violence against civilians.
The U.N. council also agreed to send a fact-finding mission to the Palestinian territories to investigate the human rights situation there.
Israeli ambassador Itzhak Levanon deplored the council's resolution, saying it was one-sided, and he accused the U.N. body of having an anti-Israeli bias.Some information for this report was provided by AFP, AP and Reuters.