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Angry reception for UN human rights chief in Sderot

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Angry reception for UN human rights chief in Sderot


There is shock and anger in Israel’s southern border town of Sderot, where a Palestinian rocket attack has left a factory worker seriously injured. The UN human rights commissioner Louise Arbour visited the scene of the attack a day after touring the town of Beit Hanoun in the Gaza Strip where 19 civilians were recently killed in an Israeli bombing.

“Well, it (Israel) has a responsibility to defend its citizens, but can only do so by legal means. It has to do so in line with international law, including international humanitarian law, but it has a primary responsibility to protect its citizens and the people under its authority.”

Arbour’s presence didn’t go down well with some locals. She was jeered at, and one woman pounded her fists on the windows of Arbour’s car. It’s also reported stones were thrown. Militants in Gaza are said to have fired more than 25 homemade rockets at Israel since Monday evening. Earlier today Israeli troops shot dead a Hamas commander during a gun battle in Gaza. Funerals have also taken place for two suspected militants killed in an Israeli airstrike last night.

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