Palestine demands global action to stop Israel’s atrocities in Gaza

2023-05-13 23:04:07
Palestine demands global action to stop Israel’s atrocities in Gaza

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry says resolute international action is needed to force Israel to end its atrocities in the besieged Gaza Strip.

In a statement on Saturday, the ministry demanded that crossings into Gaza reopen in order to allow entry of medical and food supplies as well as fuel and other essential commodities.

It underscored the racist trend followed by Israeli regime authorities, not least the so-called National Security Minister Itamar Ben-Gvir and Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, who favor more murders and reoccupation of Gaza.

The ministry said it came as a surprise how the international community has kept silent under the current circumstances. It cautioned against potentially dangerous repercussions of global inaction.

Call for UN intervention

Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh also urged the United Nations on Saturday to intervene immediately to stop the massacres Israel is committing.

Shtayyeh called for the boycott of Israel over its crimes against humanity, and underscored that those responsible must not go unpunished.

The prime minister said the crimes perpetrated by Israeli forces in the Balata refugee camp, east of the West Bank city of Nablus, and the strikes on Gaza portray the regime’s push for assassination, destruction and displacement, which has been unrelenting since the ‘Nakba Day’ or the Day of Catastrophe, when 750,000 Palestinians were forced from their homeland by Israeli settlers 75 years ago.

Shtayyeh said the crimes of Israel will not give the Palestinians cold feet. Rather, he said, the resistance fighters would keep up the determined struggle for freedom and establishment of an independent sovereign state with al-Quds as its capital.

Earlier on Saturday, Israel carried out airstrikes for a fifth day on several sites across Gaza, including two neighborhoods in Gaza City.

The Israeli military said it struck command centers belonging to the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) resistance group in its pre-dawn operations.

A few hours later, roughly 100 rockets were fired from Gaza, setting off sirens and sending Israeli settlers in border communities running to bomb shelters.

At least 33 Palestinians, including six children, have been killed and 147 others wounded in the Israeli strikes since May 9, according to the health ministry in the besieged coastal enclave.

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