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Head of UN's ESCWA resigns over report on "apartheid" Israel

by Reuters
Friday, 17 March 2017 15:52 GMT

BEIRUT, March 17 (Reuters) - The head of the United Nation's West Asia commission resigned on Friday, after what she described as pressure from the secretary general to withdraw a report accusing Israel of imposing an "apartheid regime" on Palestinians.

The Economic and Social Commission for Western Asia (ESCWA), which comprises 18 Arab states, published the report on Wednesday and said it was the first time a U.N. body had clearly made the charge.

U.N. Under-Secretary General and ESCWA Executive Secretary Rima Khalaf announced her resignation at a news conference in Beirut. (Reporting by Ellen Francis; editing by Andrew Roche)

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