Saturday, April 21, 2018

Palestine calls for UN probe into Israeli killings in Gaza

UN probe into Israeli killings in Gaza
Palestine's ambassador to the United Nations has called on the UN Security Council to form an independent commission tasked with looking into Israel's "crimes" including the killing and wounding of Palestinian protesters in the besieged Gaza Strip.

Riyad Mansour said on Friday evening that the Palestinian Authority (PA) is set to submit a list of complaints in the coming days to the UN Human Rights Council, with the intention of establishing an investigative committee or a fact-finding mission.

"It seems that the Israeli occupying forces are not restraining themselves, they're not listening to anyone and they are continuing with this massacre," Mansour told reporters in New York.

The remarks come as Israeli forces shot dead four Palestinians, including a 15-year-old boy, and injured hundreds more as more than 10,000 gathered in a mass demonstration in the Gaza Strip demanding the right of return for Palestinian refugees.

Friday's demonstration was the fourth in as many weeks of a planned, weeks-long sit-in dubbed the Great March of Return. The latest deaths bring the number of Palestinians killed by Israel since the protests began in late March to 39.

According to the Palestinian health ministry, more than 4,000 have been wounded.

Over the weeks, Israel's use of lethal force has drawn international condemnation.

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