PA calls for halting Israeli 'aggression'

The PA government condemned the Israeli military strikes in the Gaza Strip that came in response to the rocket attacks against Israel over the weekend.

May 4, 2019 22:08
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A ball of fire is seen during an Israeli air strike in Gaza City May 4, 2019

A ball of fire is seen during an Israeli air strike in Gaza City May 4, 2019.. (photo credit: SUHAIB SALEM / REUTERS)


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The Palestinian Authority on Saturday called on the United Nations to immediately intervene to halt Israeli “aggression” against Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

The PA government condemned the Israeli military strikes in the Gaza Strip that came in response to more than 300 rockets being fired toward Israel over the weekend. It said the IDF was targeting defenseless civilians and damaging infrastructure and reconstruction efforts in the Gaza Strip.

The PA Foreign Ministry called on the UN Security Council to take immediate action to “halt the Israeli aggression against our people in the Gaza Strip, West Bank and east Jerusalem.”

The ministry called for international protection to be provided for Palestinians, and said the Israeli strikes show the “falsity” of Israeli and American concern for economic prosperity for Palestinians. “Our people don’t need relief programs that conceal political goals to liquidate our cause,” the PA ministry added. “We need a firm international position and international protection to enable our people to exercise their right to self-determination.”

PLO Secretary-General Saeb Erekat held Israel fully responsible for the consequences of “this brutal escalation against our innocent civilians in the Gaza Strip.” He too urged the international community to immediately intervene to stop Israel and hold it accountable for its “crimes against our people.”

Erekat also called on Egypt to pursue its efforts to end the violence.

Over the weekend, Hamas summoned Hamas and Islamic Jihad leaders to Cairo for urgent talks on ways of averting a military confrontation with Israel. Palestinian sources said Egypt was trying to prevent the collapse of the ceasefire understandings reached between the Gaza-based groups and Israel earlier this year.

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