The UN Human Rights Council has voted to establish a commission of inquiry into the Israeli forces’ killing of some 60 Palestinians on Monday.

Twenty-nine countries, including South Africa voted in support of the inquiry while the US and Australia opposed it.

The killings took place during Palestinian protests on the Gaza border against the relocation of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

It was an overwhelming support for the establishment of a commission of inquiry with only 2 No’s and 14 abstentions. Both the US and Australia in their rejections said Hamas too should be investigated.

The terms of reference of the inquiry allows the investigation to continue even if Israel denies investigators access to its territory.

Following the killings this week, South Africa recalled its ambassador to Israel.

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