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UN Human Rights Council To Meet After Gaza Killings

United Nations Human Rights Council will hold a special session on Friday to discuss "the deteriorating human rights situation" in the Palestinian territories, after Israeli forces killed 60 Palestinians.

The special session is being convened per an official request submitted by Palestine and the United Arab Emirates," on behalf of the rights council's Arab group and has so far received support from 26 states.

Friday's special session will be held in Geneva to consider "the deteriorating human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territory, including east Jerusalem.

The support of at least a third of the 47 members of the UN rights body, 16 or more nations is required to call such a session.

The initiative has already received support from Angola, Burundi, Cuba, Ecuador, Egypt, Iraq, Kyrgyzstan, Nigeria, Pakistan, Panama, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Senegal, South Africa, Tunisia, United Arab Emirates and Venezuela.

Observer states Bahrain, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Kuwait, Maldives, Oman, Tajikistan and Turkey have also lent their support.