Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

UN Assembly to vote on condemning Israeli actions in Gaza

UN Assembly to vote on condemning Israeli actions in Gaza

Earlier reports said Israeli troops fired tear gas and live bullets at Palestinians taking part in weekly protests at the Gaza Strip border with Israel on Friday, injuring at least 386 people, medics said.

Two million Palestinians have sunk into poverty as Israel and Egypt, citing security needs, clamped down on Gaza's borders. Some threw rocks and burned tyres, according to the statement.

Local media reported that tens of thousands of Palestinian demonstrators joined the protests at five different spots in eastern Gaza.

A 21-year-old Palestinian medic, who has been wearing a medical uniform, was also killed by the IDF during protests.

Friday's deaths bring the total number of Palestinians killed at the Gaza border to 124 since protests there began on March 30, including 60 people killed in a single day last month.

The United States shifted its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem in May on the 70th anniversary of the creation of Israel, in a move met with condemnation from the Palestinians and many of Washington's global allies. The grassroots movement advocates boycotts, divestment and sanctions against Israel in what supporters say is a way to promote Palestinian rights through non-violent means. Israel says Hamas has intentionally provoked the violence, a charge Hamas denies.

The UN General Assembly will hold an emergency meeting next Wednesday at 3 vote on an Arab-backed resolution on Gaza, the body's President Miroslav Lajcak announced Friday.

The move follows the US veto of a Kuwait-sponsored resolution on June 1 asking Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to report on ways to protect Palestinian civilians including an "international protection mechanism".

As seen in these pictures by Reuters photographer Ibraheem Abu Mustafa, the 23-year-old staggered back with the gas-spewing canister embedded in his cheek, his shirt bloodied, before collapsing.

Later, in a letter to his Argentine counterpart, the Palestine Football Association president Jibril Rajoub said "the Israeli government has turned a regular sports match into a political tool, (it) is now being played in order to celebrate the '70th anniversary of the State of Israel, ' and the match itself is to take place in a stadium built on one of the at least 418 Palestinian villages destroyed by Israel 70 years ago, Al Malha".

Messi is widely quoted as telling Argentina sports channel TyC Sports: "As a UNICEF ambassador, I can not play against people who kill innocent Palestinian children".

Dawood Shihab, spokesman for the Islamic Jihad in Gaza, thanked thousands of global protesters for showing their solidarity with the Palestinians, adding that the marches are peaceful and will continue at whatever the price. The marchers have also pressed demands for a "right of return" for descendants of Palestinian refugees to ancestral homes in what is now Israel.

The territory has been controlled by Hamas for more than a decade, during which it has fought three wars against Israel.

On Thursday Israel dropped leaflets in Gaza urging Palestinians not to take part in protests or try to breach the fence on Friday, "and not to allow Hamas to use you for its narrow factional interests, which Iran is inspiring".

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