Richard Goldstone visits Gaza in June 2009
Richard Goldstone visits Gaza in June 2009

Both Israel and Hamas have rejected the charges in Mr Goldstone’s report

The UN Human Rights Council has backed a report into the Israeli offensive in Gaza that accuses both Israel and Palestinian militants of war crimes.

The report by Richard Goldstone calls for credible investigations by Israel and Hamas, and suggests international war crimes prosecutions if they do not.

Twenty-five countries voted for the resolution, while six were against.

Both Israel and the US opposed official endorsement of the report, saying it would set back Middle East peace hopes.

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