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U.N. Israel keeps Palestinians in Gaza ‘caged in a toxic slum’

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A Palestinian boy cries outside his family's house in Khan Younis refugee camp in the southern Gaza Strip July 11, 2017. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa - RTX3AZ1E
By Reuters 

GENEVA (Reuters) – Israel has systematically deprived Palestinians of their human rights, with 1.9 million in Gaza “caged in a toxic slum from birth to death”, U.N. human rights chief Zeid Ra’ad al-Hussein said on Friday.

Opening a special session of the U.N. Human Rights Council that could set up a commission of inquiry into the recent violence, Zeid sharply criticised Israel, saying its security forces had killed 60 Palestinians last Monday alone.

“Nobody has been made safer by the horrific events of the past week,” he said. “End the occupation, and the violence and insecurity will largely disappear.”