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Israeli artillery shells besieged Gaza Strip, kills civilian

A young Palestinian man has lost his life and another sustained injuries after Israeli artillery units struck the southern part of the Gaza Strip as the Tel Aviv regime presses ahead with its acts of aggression against the besieged Palestinian coastal sliver.

The spokesman for the Gaza Ministry of Health, Ashraf al-Qidra, said in a statement that the Israeli forces targeted three observation posts belonging to Hamas resistance movement in Beit Lahia city on Monday afternoon.

He identified the deceased Palestinian as 25-year-old Mohammed Masoud al-Razi’.

Earlier in the day, a Palestinian, who was critically wounded by Israeli army gunfire nearly a week ago during an anti-occupation protest along the border between the besieged Gaza Strip and occupied territories, has succumbed to his injuries.

Qidra stated that 28-year-old Naser Arif Abdul Raouf al-Areeni died at the Indonesian Hospital in Gaza City.

He had sustained grave gunshot wounds east of Jabalia city, located 4 kilometers (2.5 miles) north of Gaza City, a few days ago.

Palestinian mourners carry the coffin of 28-year-old Islamic Jihad member Abdul Haleem al-Naqa during his funeral in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza strip on May 27, 2018, after he was killed by Israeli tank fire targeting an observation post earlier in the day east of Rafah. (Photo by AFP)


His death brings to 120 the total number of Palestinians, who have been killed by Israeli forces since the “Great March of Return” began in Gaza Strip on March 30. Fourteen children are among the fallen Palestinians.

About 13,190 Palestinians also sustained injuries, of whom 330 are in a critical condition.

The occupied territories have witnessed new tensions ever since US President Donald Trump on December 6, 2017 announced Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s “capital” and said the US would move its embassy to the city.

The dramatic decision triggered demonstrations in the occupied Palestinian territories and elsewhere in the world.

The status of Jerusalem al-Quds is the thorniest issue in the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The Palestinians see East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

On May 17, Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the Israeli regime should be brought before the International Criminal Court for the recent Gaza massacre.

“Israel should be taken to the International Criminal Court [over the killing of Palestinians]. Since third parties cannot do it, Palestine needs to initiate this,” Cavusoglu said in an interview with state broadcaster TRT.

Palestinians confront Israeli forces as tear gas are shot during a demonstration along the border between the occupied territories and the Gaza strip, east of Gaza City, on May 25, 2018. (Photo by AFP)


In a final communiqué issued following an emergency meeting in Istanbul on May 18, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) condemned the May 14 massacre of dozens of Gazans as “savage crimes committed by the Israeli forces with the backing of the US administration.”

It also urged the UN to “form an international investigation committee into the recent atrocities in the Gaza Strip, and enable the committee to initiate field investigation.”

The OIC further demanded “the international protection of the Palestinian population including through dispatching of international protection force” in the face of “unchecked crimes” committed by the Tel Aviv regime.

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