Gazans bury their dead with calls for revenge
Abbas urges US not to give Israel cover to continue its aggression
Thousands attended funerals for 14 of those killed — two were buried on Friday — with mourners holding Palestinian flags and some chanting “revenge” and firing into the air.
The armed wing of Hamas, the movement that runs the Gaza Strip, said that five of those killed were members who were participating “in popular events side-by-side with their people.”
“Where are you, Arabs? Where are you, Muslims?” mourners chanted at one funeral, calling on the Arab and Muslim world to intervene.
A general strike was also being held in both the Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank.
Minor clashes between Israeli forces and Palestinians broke out in Hebron, while a small protest was held in Nablus, both in the West Bank. Palestinians accused Israel of using disproportionate force, while human rights groups questioned Israel’s use of live fire.
Unverified videos were being shared online, including one appearing to show a protester being shot while running with a tire.
No casualties were among Israelis.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared Saturday a day of national mourning and in a speech said he held Israel fully responsible for the deaths.
His spokesman on Saturday called on the US at the UN Security Council to not provide “cover for Israel to continue its aggression against the Palestinian people.” reported