At the rights council, countries were debating a proposal to set up a broad, worldwide investigation into violations surrounding the latest violence, but also into "systematic" abuses in the Palestinian territories and inside Israel.
Thursday's resolution ordered the launching of an investigation into violations surrounding the latest violence, but also into "systematic" abuses spurring a repetitive cycle of violence over the decades.
Israel's recent barrage of deadly air strikes on Gaza might be war crimes, the United Nations rights chief said on Thursday, adding she had seen no evidence the attacked buildings were used for military purposes.
Lynn Hastings, the United Nations humanitarian coordinator in Gaza, urges donors to contribute generously at a virtual news conference launching the appeal, which she says will target one million people for assistance.
The draft resolution presented by the Organization of Islamic Cooperation will be debated during a special one-day council session focused on the surge in deadly violence between Israelis and Palestinians this month.
The text, expected to be voted on Thursday afternoon, calls for the council to "urgently establish an ongoing independent, global commission of inquiry.in the Occupied Palestinian Territory, including East Jerusalem and in Israel".
The investigators, the text said, should probe "all alleged violations and abuses" of global law linked to the tensions that sparked the latest violence, but also "underlying root causes of recurrent tensions and instability, including systematic discrimination and repression based on group identity".
The investigators, the text said, should probe "underlying root causes of recurrent tensions and instability, including systematic discrimination and repression based on group identity". In Israel, 12 people also died, including two children. On Wednesday, she attacked both the session and the draft resolution.
The 11-day war killed at least 248 in Gaza, including 66 children and 39 women.
Gaza's Health Ministry that has been providing the tally of Palestinians killed in the Israeli offensive did not give a breakdown between civilians and combatants.
Bachelet called on "Hamas and all armed groups to refrain from use of indiscriminate rockets and mortars, for which there must be accountability". The list has not been independently verified, but numerous names were already well known.
In an apparent allusion to tactics of Hamas, she said it was a violation of global humanitarian law to locate military assess in densely populated civilian areas, or to launch attacks from them.
If the resolution passes, it would create the council's first ever open-ended commission of inquiry (COI) - the highest-level investigation that can be ordered by the council. Bachelet urged Israel to ensure accountability, as required under global law in such cases, including through "impartial, independent investigations" of actions in the escalation.
Addressing the UNHRC special session, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi reiterated "the importance of the Council's mandate to guard human rights and human dignity and the urgency to act to ensure the realisation of Palestinians' fundamental rights - right to life and right to self-determination", he said on Twitter.
Thursday will mark the 30th extraordinary meeting since the council's creation 15 years ago.
Foreign Ministry spokesman Tanju Bilgic in a statement called Matthias Schmale's remarks "incorrect, unfortunate and extremely risky". He later apologised for his comments and said they were taken out of context and without the background of his criticism of Israeli aggression.
The statements issued directly by the Agency have pointed out that UNRWA buildings and schools were severely damaged in Israel's attacks on Gaza, Bilgic said.