May 15, 2018 16:03 UTC
  • UNRWA calls for investigation into Israeli crimes in Gaza
    UNRWA calls for investigation into Israeli crimes in Gaza

United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees (UNRWA) on Tuesday called for an international investigation into the Israeli crimes committed against peaceful protesters in Gaza Monday.

The UNRWA said in a statement that it was dismayed by the killing and wounding of dozens of civilians and children in Gaza, adding that Monday's violence and loss of life will add yet another layer of trauma onto an already untenable situation, according to Palinfo.

The UN Agency unreservedly condemned the excessive use of force against demonstrators who have the right to peaceful protest and freedom of expression.

The statement stressed that the people in the Gaza Strip have been exposed to the consequences of repeated armed conflicts and a stifling blockade over the past decade.

"UNRWA is specifically alarmed by the impact the latest developments have had on Palestine refugees who constitute over 70% of Gaza's population," the statement noted.

The UNRWA called for investigations into these grave incidents in accordance with international standards to ensure accountability for violations of international law, and demanded collective international mobilization to prevent further loss of life and injury.

"Every additional casualty is a defeat for humanity," the agency stressed.

Tens of thousands of Palestinians launched the Great March of Return in the besieged Gaza Strip Monday to demand their right of return to their villages and towns they were forcibly displaced.

The Gaza Health Ministry has reported that the death toll of the Palestinians martyred by Israeli fire in Gaza border clashes has risen to 60, while more than 2,700 people, including children, women and journalists, have been injured by the Zionist regime forces who are positioned along the fence.

The Monday's rally also coincided with the moving of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to al-Quds, in line with the Washington’s recognition of al-Quds as the capital of the usurper regime of Israel in December, furthering stoking tensions and angering Palestinians.