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3 days of mourning for Gaza victims of Israel 'war crimes'
Published Sunday 20/07/2014 (updated) 21/07/2014 02:20
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BETHLEHEM (Ma'an) -- Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on Sunday called for three days of mourning for the more than 400 victims of the ongoing Israeli assault on Gaza, as the government called the killings a "war crime."

Abbas announced the days of mourning in a statement on Sunday, saying that flags would be lowered across Palestine and on government offices and embassies abroad.

The president also appealed to the international community to intervene immediately to stop the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip and ensure the imposition of a ceasefire in order to end the 13-day assault that has left more than 400 Palestinians dead and 3,500 injured.

The Palestinian consensus government in a statement condemned the "massacre" of more than 66 Palestinians in Shujaiyya by Israeli forces on Sunday, in an attack that also left more than 400 injured.

The government said that they considered the killings "war crimes that require immediate international intervention to protect Gaza's civilians under the four Geneva Conventions."

Senior Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi also condemned the attacks, calling the situation "nothing short of a deliberate massacre."

“There is an urgent need for all countries to take their responsibilities seriously and intervene to save lives and to curb Israeli violations and war crimes," she said during a meeting with the British consul general, Alastair McPhail, at PLO Headquarters in Ramallah.

"Blatant war crimes are being committed before the eyes of the entire international community, and yet Israel is still given the means to malign an entire nation and persist with its war crimes against the Palestinian people," she said.

"The right to life, freedom and justice are fundamental rights, and we call on all members of the international community and people of conscience to stand up to Israel and put an end to the bloodshed and loss of innocent lives," she added.
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1 ) Randi / NJ
20/07/2014 17:53
Again I say. Shame on Israelis. All of you. not a single one of you cares. Who do you think you are in your bunkers and cellars. Where do you get off treating them like Tulsa treats me or America for 19 years. they did nothing to you ever. i did nothing to anyone ever. who wins? who are you all to me? more important? Who was i ever or am i now to you all?

2 ) Tobias / USA
20/07/2014 18:09
The ISLAMIC MILITANTS were using the Gaza victims as human-shields, so they committed the WAR CRIMES.

3 ) Numbers & / Reality
20/07/2014 18:23
In Israel: 5 are dead and 80 are injured, and In Gaza: 400 are dead and 3,000 are injured, in less than 2 weeks, and * HAMAS SHOULD START BEGGING FOR A CEASEFIRE, * BEFORE THERE IS NOTHING LEFT OF GAZA.

4 ) Mel / USA
20/07/2014 21:47
Added on to 67years of the same by Zionist Israel.

5 ) Outlier / USA
20/07/2014 22:06
Provocative words are the PA's stock in trade. Unintended consequences are still consequences, something Hamas should have considered before launching this ill-advised adventure.

6 ) Jhonnie Walker / philippines
21/07/2014 16:58
We can never tell when and where danger will strike, who would that be and what would they look like. We could also never know how will they hurt us. So all we need to do is to be prepare because everyone could be their victim. Good thing I heard about this application while surfing in the net, I subscribed myself right away after reading the features. Here, check it out. http://safekidzone.com/?a_aid=52f12fafd5de8

7 ) David / USA
21/07/2014 19:58
No war crimes can be charged against Israel and anyone with half a brain knows that. Too bad Hanan Ashwari isn't smart enough to tell Hamas to stop firing rockets into Israel, the true cause of Gaza's carnage. Hanan is old news- she doesn't recognize that the people of Gaza are sick of dying for Hamas and want Israel to eradicate them. Hanan- why not be a spokesman for truth and tell Hamas to put down their weapons? Peace would happen in 30 minutes. But you won't - you're a jihadist fool, too.

8 ) Outlier / USA
21/07/2014 20:27
Consequences. Hamas should never has started this war.
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