Palestinian Prime Minister Mohamad Shtayé called on the international community on Monday to “stop Israel’s aggression” after the deaths of around 200 people, including 58 children, in Israeli bombings on the strip since May 10.
The rise in fighting has also resulted in the deaths of more than 20 Palestinians by Israeli security forces in the West Bank, as well as 10 deaths in Israel from projectiles firing from the Palestinian enclave, including an Indian national.
Shtayé has called for the United Nations to take a decision to deal with the situation after the United States again blocked a statement calling for a ceasefire and “punitive measures” against Israel, the Palestinian agency reported to WAFA News .
Shtayé claimed that “it is not enough to make statements denouncing and condemning these crimes” and urged countries to call for consultations with their ambassadors in Israel in order to “express their opposition to the continued Israeli aggression against the strip”.
With that in mind, she has also called for trade deals to be frozen and for humanitarian aid to be provided to the country, particularly from the United States and the European Union (EU), if the country fails to commit to respecting the human rights of the Palestinian population.
“Whole families have been eliminated and their houses torn down as a result of the brutal bombings on their children’s heads,” denounced Shtayé, who has pointed out that “it is one of the greatest crimes that is punishable under international law”.
The Palestinian Prime Minister stressed that “these crimes were broadcast live so that no one can say they did not see or know about them” before calling on the International Criminal Court (ICC) to “speed up their proceedings”.
“This must stop immediately,” said Shtayé, who has stressed that the Palestinian Authority has ordered the delivery of medical aid to the strip while it is working with Egypt and other humanitarian organizations to get it through the Rafah Pass.
Shtayé lamented that “Israel has not responded” to international efforts to broker an Egypt-led ceasefire before expecting the Palestinian Authority to go to the United Nations General Assembly to find a cheap solution. “Nobody there has the right of veto,” he said.
“Israel cannot combine the occupation and the crimes against us with the attainment of security and peace,” he argued, claiming, “it is clear that the world must come up with a political project for a solution based on international legality to put an end to international law. ” the occupation and creation of an independent Palestinian state with Jerusalem as its capital and with the right of return for the refugees. “
For his part, the Palestinian Ambassador to Russia, Abdel Hafiz Nofal, has announced that the Palestinian Authority will bring the bombing of the ICC that Israel destroyed an office in Gaza that houses the offices of various media outlets, including the Associated Press Agency and the Qatar Network Al Jazeera.
“We will address this problem at the ICC. We will address this and other problems because Israel’s attacks on Gaza are a crime,” he said in statements to the Russian news agency Sputnik. Israel defended the bombing, saying that the building contained offices of Hamas intelligence services.
The International Union of Journalists (IFJ) has called on the UN Security Council to take “urgent measures” to stop “deliberate and systematic attacks against journalists in Gaza” before denouncing that “more than 30 journalists have been attacked or detained”.
“Israel is violating its international obligations. UN Security Council Resolution 1738 explicitly urges states to protect journalists and support personnel in conflict situations. These outrageous attacks on the media must come to an end,” said IFJ General Secretary Anthony Bellanger.
In another sense, the Al Fata Central Committee has urged the Palestinian people to join a general rubber band convened this Tuesday to oppose the bombings against Gaza and the Israeli repression of protests in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.
The organization has welcomed the Palestinian mobilizations and stressed that “Jerusalem will continue to be the center of the Palestinian national struggle” before calling on the world to “take its responsibility” in the face of Israel’s actions. In this sense, he stressed that “without Jerusalem, the capital of the independent state of Palestine, there will be no peace, security or stability”.
In this context, Russia indicated that the Quartet for the Middle East – made up of the United Nations, the EU, the United States and Russia – discussed “possible practical steps” to achieve a ceasefire “to protect civilians on Sunday. “.
“The need to strictly adhere to the norms of humanitarian law has also been underlined,” the Russian Foreign Ministry said in a statement posted on its website, in which it said Moscow supports “the creation of favorable conditions for a political process” of negotiations between the parties .
The Israeli army announced Monday that it had bombed and “neutralized” around 15 kilometers of the Hamas tunnel network in Gaza, popularly known as the “metro”. “These 15 kilometers can no longer be used for terrorism,” he said through his account on the social network Twitter.
In doing so, he has elaborated that “in a period of about 20 minutes, about 35 terrorist targets were attacked” using 110 precision ammunition, as collected by The Times of Israel.
“This attack is part of a large-scale operation by the army to seriously damage the underground system of terrorist organizations in Gaza,” he said after a night of bombing against various parts of the Palestinian enclave.
The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have also indicated that the Palestinian factions fired about 60 projectiles into Israeli territory between 7:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. local time, before adding that about ten hit the strip.
The army has also stated that a suspect was arrested in the West Bank after attempting to run his vehicle over several agents. This event ended without a casualty, with no further details being released.
Bilateral tensions escalated on May 9 when Israeli forces again stormed the esplanade of the mosques – a place known by Jews as the Temple Mount – and even fired tear gas inside the Al-Aqsa Mosque, the third holiest place for Muslims.
In response, Hamas launched several projectiles against Jerusalem and the surrounding area after warning Israel of police repression, and prompted Israel to respond with a bombing campaign against the enclave, to which Palestinian factions responded with increased rocket launch.
The rise in fighting was followed by an increase in clashes between Jews and Muslims in several cities in Israel and the West Bank, including beatings and lynching attempts, which raised large-scale alarms about the possibility of civil war.