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Arabs condemn Zionist massacre

CAIRO: The League of Arab States, on Wednesday, vehemently condemned the Zionist massacre committed in Jenin, which resulted in the death of six Palestinians and injuring many Palestinians. A statement issued by the sector of Palestine and occupied Arab lands within the league, said that this is the fourth bloody massacre to take place since the beginning of the year, as part of open war policy adopted by the radical right government.

The league condemned the storming by Zionist settlers into Al-Aqsa mosque compound on the first day of Jewish holiday, Purim, under the protection of occupation forces, as well as their continuous aggression on Palestinian citizens. The Arab bloc held occupation government accountable for these systemized crimes. It also called on the international community, namely the UN Security Council and human rights organizations to intervene immediately and put a stop to these massacres.

It called for providing protection for Palestinian people – affirming their right to an independent state with Jerusalem as the capital. The Arab Parliament also strongly denounced the heinous crime committed by Zionist occupation forces in the city of Jenin.

UN ‘alarmed’

Meanwhile, the UN Middle East peace envoy has urged Zionists and the Palestinians to calm surging violence in the occupied West Bank, a day after the latest raid killed six people. “We are in the midst of a cycle of violence that must be stopped immediately,” Tor Wennesland said in a statement. “The Security Council has spoken with one voice, calling on the parties to observe calm and restraint, and to refrain from provocative actions, incitement and inflammatory rhetoric.”

The call came a day after intense fighting during a Zionist raid in the flashpoint northern West Bank city of Jenin, in which the soldiers killed six Palestinians, including a member of Hamas accused of killing two settlers last month. Wennesland said he was “alarmed” at the violence, which the army said included soldiers launching shoulder-fired rockets amid ferocious gunfire.

Nabil Abu Rudeina, spokesman for Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas, called the use of rockets in Jenin refugee camp an act of “all-out war”, Palestinian news agency Wafa reported. The Jenin raid was the latest in a string of deadly military operations in the Palestinian territory, which Zionist entity has occupied since the Six-Day War of 1967.

Among the six killed was Abdel Fatah Hussein Khroushah, 49. The Zionist army said he was a “terrorist operative” suspected of killing two settlers in the Palestinian town of Huwara on February 26. The killing of the two settlers, which came just hours after Zionist and Palestinian officials pledged in Jordan to “prevent further violence”, sparked fury among settlers, with hundreds later torching Palestinian homes and cars in the West Bank town. “I am deeply disturbed by the continuing violence,” Wennesland said, condemning both settler violence against Palestinians and Palestinian attacks against Zionists. “Zionist entity, as the occupying power, must ensure that the civilian population is protected and perpetrators are held to account,” he said. – Agencies

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