Gazans bury their dead with calls for re­venge

Ab­bas urges US not to give Is­rael cover to con­tinue its ag­gres­sion

Arab News - - INTERNATIONAL -

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

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