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UN rights body backs call for accountability over alleged war crimes in Gaza conflict

  • Palestinian men hold signs as they protest next to the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, on the third Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in Jerusalem's old city, Friday, July 3, 2015. Arabic on sign reads: "the martyr and hero Mohammed Abu Khdeir - The martyr of dawn." Abu Khdeir was abducted and murdered by Israeli extremists last year in a revenge attack after Palestinian militants abducted and murdered three Israeli teenagers weeks before. The murders were part of a series of events that sparked a 50-day war between Palestinian militants in Gaza and Israel. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

    Palestinian men hold signs as they protest next to the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, on the third Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in Jerusalem's old city, Friday, July 3, 2015. Arabic on sign reads: "the martyr and hero Mohammed Abu Khdeir - The martyr of dawn." Abu Khdeir was abducted and murdered by Israeli extremists last year in a revenge attack after Palestinian militants abducted and murdered three Israeli teenagers weeks before. The murders were part of a series of events that sparked a 50-day war between Palestinian militants in Gaza and Israel. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)  (The Associated Press)

  • Palestinian men hold signs as they protest next to the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, on the third Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in Jerusalem's old city, Friday, July 3, 2015. Arabic on sign reads: "The martyr and hero Mohammed Abu Khdeir - The martyr of dawn." Abu Khdeir was abducted and murdered by Israeli extremists last year in a revenge attack after Palestinian militants abducted and murdered three Israeli teenagers weeks before. The murders were part of a series of events that sparked a 50-day war between Palestinian militants in Gaza and Israel. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

    Palestinian men hold signs as they protest next to the Dome of the Rock Mosque in the Al Aqsa Mosque compound, on the third Friday of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, in Jerusalem's old city, Friday, July 3, 2015. Arabic on sign reads: "The martyr and hero Mohammed Abu Khdeir - The martyr of dawn." Abu Khdeir was abducted and murdered by Israeli extremists last year in a revenge attack after Palestinian militants abducted and murdered three Israeli teenagers weeks before. The murders were part of a series of events that sparked a 50-day war between Palestinian militants in Gaza and Israel. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)  (The Associated Press)

  • In this Tuesday, June 23, 2015 photo, an Israeli vendor waits for clients at the southern Israeli town of Sderot, next to the Israel-Gaza border. A year after the Gaza war, the community in southern Israel, long battered by rockets from the Hamas-run territory next door, has slowly recovered and is even seeing a quiet boom.  (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)

    In this Tuesday, June 23, 2015 photo, an Israeli vendor waits for clients at the southern Israeli town of Sderot, next to the Israel-Gaza border. A year after the Gaza war, the community in southern Israel, long battered by rockets from the Hamas-run territory next door, has slowly recovered and is even seeing a quiet boom. (AP Photo/Oded Balilty)  (The Associated Press)

The U.N.'s top human rights body has backed calls for accountability in last year's conflict in Gaza.

Members of the 47-nation U.N. Human Rights Council voted in favor of a resolution Friday citing a recent report that concluded both Israel and Palestinian militant groups may have committed war crimes during the conflict.

Forty-one countries voted in favor of the resolution. Five countries abstained while the United States voted against the text, saying it was biased against Israel.

European countries backed the resolution, but said they were disappointed it didn't explicitly mention rockets fired by Hamas toward civilian areas in Israel.

Israel's ambassador to the U.N. in Geneva, Eviatar Manor, called the resolution an "anti-Israeli manifesto."

The Geneva-based body's resolution is largely symbolic and has no binding effect.