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Palestine’s UN envoy calls for independent probe into Israeli atrocities in Gaza

The Palestinian ambassador to the UN has called on the world body to set up an independent commission to investigate Zionist regime’s crimes after four more Palestinians were martyred in the besieged Gaza Strip.

According to Press TV, Riyad Mansour made the comments during a press conference in New York on Friday, expressing hope that the Geneva-based Human Rights Council would approve a resolution authorizing a commission “to investigate these crimes.”

His remarks came a few hours after Gaza’s Ministry of Health announced that four Palestinian demonstrators, including a 15-year-old teenage boy, had sustained fatal injuries in clashes with Zionist regime’s soldiers during anti-occupation protests along the border between the blockaded sliver and Occupied Territories earlier in the day.

Reports said that at least 40 Palestinian protesters had also been wounded by Israeli gunfire and suffered tear gas inhalation as well.

Mansour also stressed that an investigation must be “independent and transparent”, as UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and others have called for. He also told journalists that Palestinians would not accept an investigation that Zionist regime has announced because “it cannot be credible.”

The Palestinian envoy also accused Israeli regime of neutralizing the International Criminal Court, saying that Tel Aviv could not be part of a probe into the atrocities it has committed against the Palestinian nation.

Furthermore, Mansour noted that all of the Israeli criminals must face punishment, criticizing the international community for being silent about the Israeli crimes.

Meanwhile, the UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov denounced Zionist regime’s atrocities in the besieged enclave.

The Palestinian rally, dubbed the “Great March of Return,” will last until May 15, which coincides with the 70th anniversary of “Nakba Day” (Day of Catastrophe) on which Zionist regime was created.

The “Great March of Return” began on March 30 and will last for six weeks. Zionist regime has responded to the peaceful demonstrations with an iron fist, martyring more than 30 unarmed Palestinians over the past three weeks.

The regime in Tel Aviv has come under criticism in the international community by allowing its snipers to open fire on the unarmed protesters that come close to the fence.

The weeks-long march has been organized by the Palestinian Hamas resistance movement, which governs Gaza. It evokes a longtime call for Palestinian refugees to regain ancestral homes in the territories under Israeli occupation.