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PM urges UN to halt, ensure cessation of Israeli onslaught

May 6, 2019 3:31 P.M. (Updated: May 7, 2019 11:18 A.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- Palestinian Prime Minister Muhammad Ishtayeh urged the United Nations to immediately intervene to halt and ensure cessation of the Israeli onslaught on the besieged Gaza Strip, on Monday.

During the weekly Palestinian Cabinet meeting in Ramallah City, in the occupied central West Bank, Istayeh said “The international community cannot remain as a silent observer in the face of the Israeli occupation crimes against Palestinian civilians and cannot not take a neutral stance in the face of photographs of the bodies of Palestinian children.”

He stressed,“We do not accept statements that put the perpetrator and the victim on an equal footing.”

Ishtayeh pointed out that Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas made extensive contacts with a range of regional and international actors overnight in an attempt to bring to a halt the Israeli onslaught on Gaza.

Ishtayeh also welcomed all efforts aimed to secure a ceasefire agreement, especially the Egyptian-led efforts.

He stressed the importance of strengthening Palestinian national unity to confront the Israeli onslaught on Gaza and noted the government’s keenness to shoulder its responsibility in terms of providing relief aid to the population of Gaza.

Tensions have increased across the Gaza Strip after Israeli forces shot and killed four Palestinians in the 57th “The Great March of Return” Friday protests, during which thousands of Palestinians take to the borders to peacefully protest the 12-year Israeli siege.

Since Friday, the Hamas movement fired about 600 home-made rockets towards southern Israel, while Israeli warplanes carried out at least 320 airstrikes, killing 27 Palestinians, including an infant and a toddler, and injuring 170 others in the Gaza Strip.

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