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Israel commits war crimes in Gaza: Palestinian premier

Palestine conducting international contacts to stop aggression, says Mohammad Shtayyeh

Qais Omar   | 11.05.2021
Israel commits war crimes in Gaza: Palestinian premier Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh speaks during an exclusive interview with Anadolu Agency on Israeli attacks on Palestinians at Masjid al-Aqsa in Jerusalem and air raids on Gaza Strip, in Ramallah, West Bank on May 11, 2021. Photo: Issam Rimawi - Anadolu Agency

RAMALLAH, Palestine

Israel is committing war crimes in Gaza, where dozens of civilians, including children, were killed in Israeli airstrikes, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said Tuesday.

“Israel is committing war crimes in Gaza, and we are conducting international contacts to stop the aggression,” Shtayyeh told Anadolu Agency.

"Jerusalemites thwarted settlers' storming of Al-Aqsa, and decisions are required to be taken by an Arab ministerial meeting to support their steadfastness," he added.

Tensions have been running high in the Sheikh Jarrah neighborhood of East Jerusalem since last week when Israeli settlers swarmed in after an Israeli court ordered the eviction of Palestinian families.

Palestinians protesting in solidarity with the residents of Sheikh Jarrah have been targeted by Israeli forces.

At least 26 Palestinians have been martyred and scores injured in Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

Israel occupied East Jerusalem during the 1967 Arab-Israeli war and annexed the entire city in 1980 – a move that has never been recognized by the international community.

*Writing by Gozde Bayar

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