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UN Mideast envoy condemns killing of Palestinian boy in Gaza border clashes

22 April 2018, 02:01 | Leigh Flowers

"The president instructed our ambassador Riad Mansour to go to the Security Council and the Secretary General with another letter requesting an Arria-formula or any form to begin a serious discussion of providing global protection for the Palestinians", confirmed Erekat.

As such, the PA has chose to turn to the Geneva-based Human Rights Council for assistance.

Erekat also accused Israel of murdering 15-year-old Palestinian Mohammad Ayoub during last Friday's rally in the Gaza Strip, saying "what is required is an investigation by Fatou Bensouda, the Attorney General of the International Criminal Court, instead of an internal probe by Israeli army".

Israeli troops shot and killed a 15-year-old boy, Mohammed Ibrahim Ayoub, and two young men, aged 24 and 25, in northern Gaza, rescue workers said. More than 1,600 have been wounded by live rounds in the past three weeks, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.


His death brought to 35 the number of Palestinians killed since border clashes intensified on March 30 in an ongoing protest known as "The Great March of Return" - evoking a longtime call for refugees to regain ancestral homes in what is now Israel.

The marches are aimed, in part, at breaking a border blockade of Gaza enforced by Israel and Egypt since 2007, when the Islamic militant group seized the territory, a year after winning Palestinian parliament elections.

Israel says it has only opened fire when necessary to guard its border and prevent violence, but no Israelis have been wounded and its open-fire rules have come under scrutiny.

Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman wrote on Twitter that "the only culprits" in Ayoub's death are Hamas'"cowardly" leadership.


Around 440 protesters were wounded by gunfire or needed treatment for tear gas inhalation, Gaza's health ministry said. It did not provide details about the circumstances of Friday's shooting, which came as Palestinians were gathering for a fourth weekly mass protest on the border.

Al Jazeera's Bernard Smith, reporting from the protest, said the Palestinians seemed determined to edge closer to the border. Hamas is believed to hold the remains of two soldiers from a previous war with Israel. It added: "Stay away from the fence and do not attempt to harm it; avoid using weapons and committing violent acts against Israeli security forces and Israeli citizens".

Among the thousands gathered to protest, at least hundreds were approaching the fence and throwing stones and burning tyres, an AFP correspondent said.

The European Union on Saturday urged the Israeli military to "refrain from using lethal force against unarmed protesters", after four Palestinians, including Ayoub, were killed by army fire in the protests.




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