The UN's main human rights watchdog has begun a debate on a damning report into Israel's military operation against Gaza eight months ago.
It is seen as a test of US engagement with the Human Rights Council, which was shunned by President George W Bush.
The US, which is Israel's main ally, has criticised elements of the report.
The report, widely lauded by human rights groups, accuses both Israel and its militant Palestinian adversary Hamas of war crimes in the campaign.
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