UN calls for Mideast probe

The United Nations Human Rights Council has ordered an investigation into the conduct of Israeli forces and the Palestinian militant group Hamas during their recent clashes. They say the actions may have violated international law.

Earlier this month, Hamas fired rockets and mortars at southern Israel, killing 12 people. Israeli forces responded with airstrikes that killed more than 240 Palestinians.

Michelle Bachelet, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, said such attacks may constitute war crimes. She said that, on the other hand, it is also a violation of international humanitarian law to locate military assets in densely populated civilian areas.

Members of the Human Rights Council have ordered an independent commission to collect evidence of abuses and hold perpetrators accountable.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the investigation an example of blatant anti-Israel obsession.

A spokesperson for Hamas called the group's actions legitimate resistance and said Israel should be punished.