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International community must act on UN Gaza report — Maskey

21 March, 2019 - by Paul Maskey


Sinn Féin MP Paul Maskey has said the international community must act on a report by the UN Independent Commission of inquiry on protests in the occupied Palestinian territory.

The West Belfast MP said:

“This report by a UN Commission investigating human rights breaches during the 2018 ‘Great March of Return’ in Gaza has found that Israeli authorities ‘unlawfully authorised’ lethal forces resulting in loss of life. 

“The Commission also found that Israeli forces shot and wounded 6,016 protesters with live ammunition. 189 died at the protest site, 183 of these from live fire. 

“This report raises serious concerns about the actions of Israeli security forces and Israeli government policies. 

“While the UN report highlights the actions of the Gaza authorities, encouraging or defending the use of incendiary kites and balloons targeting Southern Israel, the Commission found that the demonstrations were almost entirely civilian in nature, with clearly stated political aims. 

“The Irish government should take the lead by sending the Israeli ambassador home and immediately recognising the State of Palestine. 

“Sinn Féin calls on the Human Rights Council to immediately implement the reports recommendations relating to preventing future violations, ensuring accountability and lifting the blockade and closure of Gaza.”

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