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Canadian to chair UN team probing Gaza war

By: The Associated Press

 | Aug 11, 2014 - 3:05 PM |
FILE - The June 12, 2014 file photo shows Amal Alamuddin, human rights lawyer and fiancee of US actor George Clooney, as she attends the 'End Sexual Violence in Conflict' summit in London. Alamuddin has been chosen for the U.N.'s three-member commission of inquiry looking into possible violations of the rules of war in Gaza, United Nations Human Rights Council said Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, file)

FILE - The June 12, 2014 file photo shows Amal Alamuddin, human rights lawyer and fiancee of US actor George Clooney, as she attends the 'End Sexual Violence in Conflict' summit in London. Alamuddin has been chosen for the U.N.'s three-member commission of inquiry looking into possible violations of the rules of war in Gaza, United Nations Human Rights Council said Monday, Aug. 11, 2014. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, file)

GENEVA - A Canadian professor will be working alongside British-Lebanese lawyer Amal Alamuddin, who is engaged to George Clooney, and another lawyer from Senegal on a UN commission examining possible violations of the rules of war in Gaza.

William Schabas, who currently works as an international law professor at Middlesex University in England, will be chairing the three-member commission of inquiry.

Senegalese lawyer Doudou Diene, who has filled UN posts on racism and human rights in Ivory Coast, is also a member of the commission.

Schabas has previously served as one of three international members of the Sierra Leone Truth and Reconciliation Commission and has been a consultant on capital punishment for the United Nations Office of Drugs and Crime.

The appointments for the new commission were announced Monday by Gabon Ambassador Baudelaire Ndong Ella, who is president of the 47-nation UN Human Rights Council.

The month-long war between the Israeli military and rocket-firing Hamas militants in Gaza, has killed more than 1,900 Palestinians, the majority civilians, according to Palestinian and UN officials.

In Israel, officials say 67 people have been killed, all but three of them soldiers.

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