Erekat: International community must prevent new attack on Gaza

BETHLEHEM (Ma’an) — PLO executive committee member Saeb Erekat on Thursday urged Israel to end its attacks on the Gaza Strip.

In a statement, Erekat condemned Israel’s “escalation and brutal military attacks” against the civilian population of Gaza.

“For years, our people have suffered the devastating consequences of an illegal and inhumane siege, which continues in violation of international law and related United Nations resolutions,” Erekat said.

“Our people in Gaza have been denied of their basic rights to a dignified and safe life and endured wanton death and destruction from the occupying power, which continues to act with impunity.

“It is now time for the international community to intervene and prevent another round of merciless and illegitimate military escalation against Palestinian civilians.”

Erekat also called on Palestinian factions to deny Israel any pretext for launching more attacks on Gaza and reiterated his support to the consensus reached earlier among the factions to maintain calm and ceasefire.

“The Gaza Strip is an integral part of the occupied Palestinian territory, including East Jerusalem and Israel, as an occupying power, remains obliged by the responsibilities outlined in international law to safeguard the lives and safety of the Palestinian population.

“We call on the international community to assume its responsibilities in ensuring that Israel respects those responsibilities by ending the illegal siege and ceasing all military attacks.”

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