PA chief urges UN to provide immediate protection for Palestinians

Date: 30/03/2018     Time: 11:48 PM

President of the Palestinian Authority (PA) Mahmoud Abbas has called on the United Nations to provide immediately an international protection for unarmed Palestinian people. In a speech aired by Palestine TV on Friday, Abbas said that he assigned Palestine's representative to the UN to contact the UN Security Council members and the UN General Assembly to take immediate and necessary measures for the protection of Palestinian people. "The large number of martyrs and injured in peaceful demonstrations stresses the necessity for the international community to intervene to provide protection for our people," Abbas said. The Palestinian leader added the Israeli occupation authorities are fully responsible for the lives of the martyrs and the injury of people shot by the Israeli occupation forces in these popular peaceful demonstrations. "Our message at the upcoming Arab summit will be clear. It will focus on upholding national principles for which our people, Arab nation and the free people across the world have offered sacrifices over the past years," he made clear. The upholding of the principles aims to establish an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital and to help refugees return to their homes, in accordance with the resolutions of international legitimacy and the Arab peace initiative, he said. He expressed his pride to the Palestinian people for their sacrifices to defend Jerusalem city and its Muslim and Christian sanctities. Palestinians in many areas in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip organized protests on Friday on the 42nd anniversary of the Land Day. On March 30, 1976, the Israeli occupation forces killed six unarmed Palestinian citizens of Israel during protests against the Israeli decision on confiscating massive tracts of Palestinian land.