Former United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay will head an international commission of inquiry into alleged crimes committed during the latest conflict between Israel and the Islamist terrorist group Hamas in Gaza, the U.N.'s Human Rights Council said in a statement on Thursday.
The council agreed in late May to launch the investigation with a broad mandate to probe all alleged violations, not just in Gaza and Judea and Samaria, but also in Israel during hostilities that were halted by a May 21 ceasefire.
At least 250 Palestinians and 13 people in Israel were killed in the fierce fighting, which saw Gaza militants fire rockets towards Israeli cities and Israel carry out airstrikes across the coastal enclave.
Michelle Bachelet, the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights, told the council at the time that deadly Israeli strikes on Gaza might constitute war crimes and that Hamas had violated international humanitarian law by firing rockets into Israel.
Israel rejected the resolution adopted by the Geneva forum at an emergency special session and said it would not cooperate.