The United Nations says a team of independent experts mandated to probe alleged war crimes in Israel and Gaza will leave for the Middle East over the weekend.
UN spokesman Rolando Gomez says the mission led by veteran prosecutor Richard Goldstone is expected to start its work next week, as it looks into Israel's military operation in Gaza at the beginning of the yaer.
Gomez told reporters in Geneva Friday that Goldstone has repeatedly asked the Israeli government to cooperate with his mission.
He was unable to say whether Goldstone has received a response from Israel.
Israel has previously described the probe as "intrinsically flawed" because it was ordered by the UN Human Rights Council. The 47-member council has an anti-Israeli track record.
Goldstone has said he wants his team to examine both sides of the January conflict.