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Palestinians accuse US of 'blocking' UN statement on Gaza

IANS  |  Jerusalem 

The Palestinians on Saturday accused the US of blocking a UNSC statement on the situation in the and said Washington's objection encourages to continue its aggressive action against the Palestinian people.

The Palestinian National Authority said in an official statement that "would block any effort in the related to the massacre committed and to be committed by in the Gaza Strip," reported.

He added that "without the absolute US protection in the Security Council, won't dare to commit terrible crimes against the Palestinians."

In a closed-door session held at a request of to discuss the bloody incidents in the on Friday evening, the failed to agree on a statement condemning Israel's repression of the Palestinian popular protests on

"The decision was to go for an official open session, but the US side opposed the idea that the issues a statement to condemn Israel's repression of demonstrators," said of the state of Palestine in the UN

He also said "the efforts are continuing... we will see in the next few hours and days whether we will succeed in this, or what are the other steps if they remain insistent on not allowing the council to assume its responsibilities in condemning the crime and prosecuting those responsible."

Mansour unveiled that "several European countries, including the of the Antonio Guterres, demanded an investigation into events in the Gaza Strip, pointing out that the Palestinian side is pushing in this direction."

He also said the Palestinian side "won't accept a probe conducted by the Israelis themselves, but we want to investigate by impartial and fair bodies to brief the world in on this crime," stressing on the need to start the probe as soon as possible.

Palestinian Mahmoud Abbas' said Saturday that the objections of the at the have led to thwarting the issuance of a resolution denouncing the Israeli aggression on the Palestinian people and the killing of 16 Palestinians.

He added that this provides a cover for Israel to continue its aggression against the Palestinian people and encourage it to defy international legitimacy resolutions that aim at ending the occupation.

Abbas held Israel totally responsible for the events on Friday and declared Saturday as a

A coordination committee composed of Palestinian political factions, organizations and youth groups called weeks ago for a large popular rally at nearly 700 meters away from the Israeli border fence under the title of the "Great March of Return" starting on Friday.

The Friday rally was the start of a six-week long protest that is expected to reach a peak on May 15, the day Israel celebrates its establishment and Palestinians mark the forcible transfer of two thirds of the Palestinian people and the ethnic cleansing of 418 Palestinian villages.

Demonstrators demand that Palestinian refugees should be allowed the right of return to the towns and villages from which their families fled or were forcibly driven out of when the State of Israel was created in 1948.



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First Published: Sun, April 01 2018. 01:12 IST