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Israel rejects U.N. report on Gaza deaths as 'theatre of the absurd'

Israel rejects U.N. report on Gaza deaths as 'theatre of the absurd'
An Israeli watchtower is seen as Palestinian demonstrators gather during a protest at the Israel-Gaza border fence, in the southern Gaza Strip December 14, 2018. REUTERS/Ibraheem Abu Mustafa Copyright IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA(Reuters)
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JERUSALEM (Reuters) - Israel rejected as a "theatre of the absurd" on Thursday a U.N. report that accused its forces of possible war crimes in killing scores of Palestinians during Gaza border protests last year.

Acting Foreign Minister Israel Katz said in a statement that the U.N. Human Rights Council had "produced another hostile, mendacious and slanted report against the State of Israel ... No one can deny Israel the right of self-defence and the obligation to defend its citizens and borders from violent attacks."

(Writing by Dan Williams; Editing by Jeffrey Heller)

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