Arab League Chief Calls for In­ter­na­tional Probe into Is­rael’s ‘Crimes’


Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit on Thurs­day called for an in­ter­na­tional probe into al­leged “crimes” com­mit­ted by Is­raeli forces against Pales­tini­ans dur­ing deadly vi­o­lence along the Gaza border this week, ac­cord­ing to Agence france-Presse.

“We call for a cred­i­ble in­ter­na­tional in­ves­ti­ga­tion into the crimes com­mit­ted by the oc­cu­pa­tion,” Abul Gheit said at the open­ing ses­sion of an ex­tra­or­di­nary meet­ing of Arab foreign min­is­ters in Cairo to dis­cuss the vi­o­lence.

Pales­tini­ans in the Gaza Strip have been protest­ing for seven weeks to be able to re­turn to their historic homes they fled in 1948 and which later be­came part of Is­rael.

Is­raeli forces killed 60 Pales­tini­ans on Mon­day when tens of thou­sands of Pales­tini­ans had gath­ered near the border, while smaller num­bers ap­proached the fence and sought to break through.

The vi­o­lence hap­pened on the same day that the United States opened its Is­rael em­bassy in Jerusalem. An­other two Pales­tini­ans were killed on Tues­day.

“We are fac­ing a state of bla­tant ag­gres­sion against in­ter­na­tional law and le­git­i­macy which was em­bod­ied by the US em­bassy’s trans­fer in the oc­cu­py­ing state to Jerusalem,” said Abul Gheit.

Is­rael has come un­der mount­ing in­ter­na­tional pres­sure over the deadly vi­o­lence. Its forces have killed 116 Pales­tini­ans since a campaign of protests on the Gaza-Is­rael border was launched on March 30.

“Our meet­ing to­day comes at a time of ut­most im­por­tance as the US has moved its em­bassy to Jerusalem,” Saudi Foreign Min­is­ter Adel al-Jubeir said in the open­ing ses­sion of the meet­ing called by his coun­try.

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