The UK shadow foreign secretary, Emily Thornberry, has criticized the UK government for abstaining on a UN Human Rights Council vote on Israeli violence in Gaza, calling it “disgusting.”
On Friday, the UN's top human rights body voted in favor of a resolution, demanding that an independent commission be “urgently” sent to investigate Israeli deadly attacks on peaceful Palestinian protesters, killing more than 100 people.
The resolution was adopted by 29 votes. Only two of the council's 47 members, the United States and Australia, voted against it, while 14 abstained, including Britain, Switzerland and Germany.
The UK said it "could not support a resolution that was partial and imbalanced. Such investigations heightened the risk on both sides," calling on Israel to conduct its own independent inquiry into the atrocities instead.
Thornberry's tweeted criticism also came after two Palestinians in Gaza, Mo'in al-Sa'y, 58, and Muhammad Alian, 20, both succumbed to their wounds on Saturday.
I'm delighted by the UN's Human Rights Council resolution calling for an urgent independent investigation of Monday's massacre in Gaza, but disgusted that the UK government abstained.
— Emily Thornberry (@EmilyThornberry) May 19, 2018
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