Foreign Office said it could not support inquiry that failed to investigate role of Hamas

A coalition of UK charities has accused the British government of “a dereliction of responsibility” after ministers refused to endorse a UN-mandated commission of inquiry report into 187 deaths in Gaza that placed responsibility in almost all cases on the Israel defence forces.

At a meeting of the UN human rights council in Geneva, the Foreign Office instead abstained, saying it could not support an investigation, or a resolution that failed to investigate the role of non-state actors, and in particular Hamas.

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