Gaza government declares mourning day for Naksa Day victims

[ 06/06/2011 – 05:11 PM ]

GAZA, (PIC)– Flags have been lowered half mast in the Gaza Strip as the government has declared an official day of mourning for those killed by Israeli soldiers during peaceful Naksa Day protests in occupied Golan Heights on Sunday.

In a statement on Monday, the government declared that the victims, who included Palestinian refugees and Syrians, would share the same rights as all Palestinians.

Syria pronounced 24 dead and some 350 more injured in the Golan Heights after IOF soldiers fired at crowds to break up hundreds of Naksa Day protesters who neared the border.

Hamas has denounced the killings saying: ”We in Hamas strongly denounce the IOF’s firing at tens of Palestinians and Arabs who mobilized with their bare chests in memory of the Naksa (1967 defeat), challenging the Israeli war machine with their faith, declaring their fortitude, steadfastness, and resistance until the land is liberated and their dreams of return are achieved.”

The party said that the popular movement towards Palestinian borders from Syria, the West Bank, Gaza, and Lebanon supporting the right of return marks a new stage in the conflict with Israel.

Hamas leader Dr. Salah al-Bardawil in a statement that followed the tragic conclusion paid tribute to those who offered their lives for the cause, saying that their blood has miraculously done what Arab armies were unable to do with their weapons.

“We are at a new history recorded on the Arab arena,” Bardawil said, “imposed by the new equation that the people are able to do something even without a weapon. Their weapon is faith and the right they have to their land and the ability and courage to offer blood without fearing the bullets of the Israeli occupier.”

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