Israeli Intelligence Minister: Hamas Restored Calm to Gaza After Warnings From Egypt

Erika Holt
May 18, 2018

Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit on Thursday called for an worldwide probe into "crimes" committed by Israeli occupation forces against Palestinians during a protest on the Gaza border on Monday.

Pope Francis said he was "very worried" by escalating violence in the Middle East, with Arab foreign ministers set to hold an "extraordinary" meeting yesterday to discuss the situation.

He urged the Islamic countries "to take stance against these crimes".

Palestinian protests began on March 30 for the commemoration of Land Day, when in 1976 six Palestinian citizens of Israel were killed by Israeli forces after protesting the confiscation of their land.

"We must strive for a future where Israel and Palestine thrive as states in which all are equally respected, and where civil society is able to play its constructive role", she said.

Referring to the recent violence in Gaza, the United Nations deputy chief said that it "underscores the need for action".

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Here's a Hamas leader boasting about using women and children in their terrorist infrastructure project. The meeting comes after Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi on Wednesday said Cairo was in communication with both sides "so that this bloodshed would stop".

The Secretary General of the Arab League says Arab States should reconsider its relations with the countries that moved its Embassy to Jerusalem.

Security officials said the Gaza border, the scene of seven straight weeks of violent protests, was expected to be relatively calm after bloody clashes earlier this week led to the deaths of 62 Palestinians, according to the Hamas-run Gaza health ministry. "Canada calls for an immediate independent investigation to thoroughly examine the facts on the ground - including any incitement, violence, and the excessive use of force".

- Demanding from the Security Council, the UN General Assembly, the Secretary-General of the United Nations, Human Rights Council and its rapporteurs and the High Commissioner for Human Rights to take the necessary to establish an global commission of inquiry to probe the recent Gaza events.

"This shameful draft resolution is a proposal to support Hamas's war crimes against Israel and the residents of Gaza who are being sent to die for the sake of preserving Hamas's rule", he added.

Head of Hamas government Ismail Haniyeh (right) and senior Fatah official Azzam Al-Ahmed (left) raise their hands together at a news conference that announced a reconciliation agreement between the rival Palestinian Authority factions in Gaza City on April 23, 2014.

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