Palestinian ambassador challenges Israel on Gaza

Palestinian ambassador challenges Israel on Gaza

Kerry Wise
April 30, 2018

Palestinians have been demanding the right to return to their homes that Israel seized in 1948 during its creation.

In a statement, the Israeli military said it had "thwarted" an attempted infiltration by Palestinian protesters.

The explosion put an end to an already faltering reconciliation agreement between Hamas and secularists Fatah, which dominates the PA.

The Palestinian U.N. ambassador is challenging Israel to agree to an independent commission to investigate events in Gaza and determine "who are the criminals, who are violating global law and to hold them responsible for these crimes".

Gaza: An Israeli soldier shot an unarmed Palestinian youth.

About a half hour earlier, two Palestinians damaged the security fence and tried to cross into Israel. Dozens made it through, using wire cutters, hooks and winches.

That move broke with a decades-old global consensus that the holy city's status should only be determined in negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians. 1,739 individuals were injured by live ammunition fire by ISF.

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The U.N. high commissioner for human rights has urged Israel to refrain from using excessive force against Palestinians who have been staging weekly mass protests on the Gaza border with Israel.

There is considerable fear among Israelis of a mass breach in which Gazans stream across, militants mixed in, wreaking havoc.

On Saturday, Hamas called on Mr Abbas to postpone the assembly until unity was reached between rival factions. Though Hamas formally resubmitted to Abbas's authority a year ago, their reconciliation has been held up by disputes over power-sharing.

Other blockade-busting tactics by Hamas have failed over the years, including three cross-border wars with Israel and repeated rounds of unsuccessful power-sharing talks with the West Bank-based Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Other targets on the suspects' hit list included an Egyptian delegation that often crosses into Gaza to facilitate Palestinian reconciliation efforts, worldwide officials, and Hamas leaders, according to local media reports.

The rallies are part of a six-week protest that will culminate on May 15.