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

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.”

A Palestinian man sleeps outside his house in Khan Younis in the southern Gaza Strip June 19, 2017. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTS17PDM
Palestinians make their way through Israeli Qalandia checkpoint to attend last Friday prayer of the holy fasting month of Ramadan in Jerusalem's al-Aqsa mosque, near the West Bank city of Ramallah June 23, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman - RTS18B0R
A man plays the role of a prisoner during a protest in support of Palestinian prisoners on hunger strike in Israeli jails, in Gaza City May 9, 2017. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa - RTS15TFT
Palestinians try to prevent Israeli troops from detaining a protester during a protest marking Land Day in the West Bank village of Madama, near Nablus March 30, 2017. REUTERS/Mohamad Torokman TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX33DJO

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