Erekat: Israeli airstrikes a 'criminal Christmas gift' to Gaza
Published Wednesday 25/12/2013 (updated) 26/12/2013 14:24
BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- A senior Palestinian official on Tuesday condemned Israel's recent airstrikes on Gaza, calling the incident a "war crime," a PLO statement said.
"We condemn in the strongest terms this new Israeli war crime against the Palestinian civilians in Gaza Strip which aims to initiate a bloody escalation," Chief Palestinian Negotiator Saeb Erekat said in a statement.
Israel's "criminal" attack on the Gaza Strip was a "Christmas gift to our isolated civilians," Erekat said.
Erekat said Israel was responsible for the death of 3-year-old Hala Abu Sbeikha and injuries sustained by her mother and brother as a result of the airstrikes.
"We hold the Israeli government fully responsible for the consequences of this new act of aggression against our occupied civilian population."
Erakat called on the United States, European Union, Russia, United Nations, and Arab countries to pressure Israel to stop its "aggression" toward Gaza.
"Today the Israeli government proved to the entire world that they have an agenda of war, not for peace and are only interested in committing crimes against our defenseless civilians."
Israeli air forces launched airstrikes across the Gaza Strip Tuesday, killing a 3-year-old Palestinian child and injuring her mother and brother, after an Israeli Civil Defense worker was shot dead by a Palestinian sniper at the border in the northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday afternoon.