Aslıhan DOĞRU -TDO- A special session of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Council to discuss the "serious human rights situation" in the occupied Palestinian territories began in Geneva.
Fijian Nazhat Shameem Khan, the coordinator of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, opened the session, which was held on the joint application of Pakistan and the State of Palestine.
Informing the 47-member council on the agenda of the special session, Khan gave his first say to UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Michelle Bachelet.
Bachelet said Israeli attacks against civilians in Gaza could constitute a war crime.
Bachelet said such attacks raise serious concerns about Israel's compliance with the "principles of discrimination and proportionality" under international humanitarian law, adding, "Such attacks can constitute war crimes if they are found to be arbitrary and disproportionate in terms of their impact on civilians and civilian objects."
According to her own records, Israel has killed 242 Palestinians in Gaza, including 63 children, Bachelet said, adding that thousands of Palestinians have been wounded and 74,000 displaced.