Published: Fri, May 18, 2018

Hamas says most slain Gaza protesters were its members

Hamas says most slain Gaza protesters were its members

The Minister of Foreign Affairs, Shaikh Khalid bin Ahmed bin Mohammed Al Khalifa, participated in the meeting of the Council of the Arab League in its extraordinary session, held at the level of Foreign Ministers in Cairo, Arab Republic of Egypt, today to look into the developments in the State of Palestine.

Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have been protesting for seven weeks to be able to return to their historic homes they fled in 1948 and which later became part of Israel.

"Under such circumstances, some complain why the U.S. does not take a stance [against the Israeli regime]".

As protests die down on the Israel-Gaza border where dozens of Palestinians were killed by Israeli gunfire this week, Reuters' Emily Wither speaks to some of the two million people facing crippling unemployment and blockade in the narrow strip.

The move came just days after an emergency meeting of the UNSC was convened to discuss an outbreak of deadly riots on the Gaza-Israel border that left 60 dead and more than 1,700 wounded.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki suggested on Thursday that Arab countries should recall their ambassadors to the United States in response to Washington moving its Israel embassy to Jerusalem.

The New York Times reported on Monday, "At 5:30 p.m., shortly after an Israeli airstrike in Gaza, organizers who had been urging people toward the fence all day suddenly began shooing them away, and the day's action quickly subsided".

Hamas, representing the extreme anti-Israel branch of the Palestinian people, won an election against a more moderate Palestinian group and promptly told Israel that it would eliminate the Jewish state by militant means.

The report adds that Hamas leaders were warned that Egypt considers the blood of Palestinians killed in Gaza "on their hands". There have been numerous calls for an independent investigation into the deaths, with Britain, Germany, Canada and Switzerland among those supporting such action.

She further expressed the verdict of Pakistan on this recent event, "Pakistan condemns the massacre of Palestinians and calls on the United Nations to conduct an independent investigation into the tactics used by Israeli forces".

Israel accuses Hamas, with whom it has fought three wars since 2008, of seeking to use the demonstrations as cover for violence.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman on Thursday called on the withdraw from the UN Human Rights Council, of which Israel is not now a member.

Palestinians and rights groups say protesters are being shot despite posing no threat to Israeli soldiers on the other side of the heavily guarded fence.

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