Ashrawi terms Gaza killings a massacre

Lucy Bush
May 18, 2018

Brutal clashes shook the Gaza Strip earlier this week, as the United States' embassy was officially relocated from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem; the outbreak of violence claimed the lives of some 60 Palestinians, injuring up to 2,700 others, as the IDF turned to the use of force to quell the crowds.

"The government and the people of Pakistan would continue supporting their Palestinian brethren and present their case at every forum", Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi was quoted as saying by Express Tribune reported.

Meanwhile, Kuwait is urging the Security Council to condemn Israel's use of force against Palestinian civilians "in the strongest terms", especially in the Gaza Strip, and to deploy and global force to protect civilians.

The Israeli occupation army killed 61 Palestinians on Monday, including a baby girl, and injured almost 3,000 during a protest in the Gaza Strip against the transfer of the U.S. embassy to the occupied city of Jerusalem.

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The special session of the UN's top rights body will consider a draft resolution calling for the council to "urgently dispatch an independent, global commission of inquiry", the UN's highest level investigation.

"Nobody has been made safer by the horrific events of the past week", he said.

The UN deputy chief called on everyone with a stake in Middle East peace, to exercise utmost restraint to avoid further deaths, especially the lives of children.

Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah Thursday headed to Turkey's capital, Istanbul, to attend the Organization of Islamic Cooperation's (OIC) urgent summit on Gaza and Jerusalem.

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The UN Human Rights Council will meet on Friday to decide whether to send worldwide war crimes investigators to probe the deadly shootings of Gaza protesters by Israeli forces.

The UN human rights chief on Friday backed calls for an global investigation into Israel's use of deadly force against protesters on the Gaza border, which he described as "wholly disproportionate".

A draft resolution circulated by Kuwait, which is the Arab representative on the council, also demands that Israel "immediately cease its military reprisals, collective punishment and unlawful use of force against civilians, including in the Gaza Strip".

They thanked countries and organizations that rejected the United States embassy move, condemning others for taking part in Monday's inauguration ceremony.

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