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Palestine UN envoy slams Israel’s assassination of Palestinians, demands swift UNSC action

The Palestinian ambassador to the UN has strongly condemned the recent assassination of three Palestinian protesters by the Israeli regime, demanding that the UN Security Council (UNSC) take immediate action to ensure the rights of Palestinians are protected.

According to Press TV, Riyad Mansour made the comments at a press conference in New York on Friday, a few hours after Israeli troopers attacked Palestinian demonstrators in the besieged Gaza Strip, martyring three and wounding more than 880 others during an anti-occupation protest on the fifth Friday of a six-week protest, known as the “Great March of Return.”

“We will not leave a stone unturned. We have the right to demonstrate peacefully, to express our views and the large crowd of this week in Gaza — larger than last week — is a demonstration that the Palestinian people in a civilized, peaceful way, are expressing their opinion in the Gaza Strip, and they do not deserve to receive bullets for doing so,” added the Palestinian envoy at the presser.

On April 20, four more Palestinian protesters, including a 15-year-old teenage boy, sustained fatal injuries in clashes with Israeli soldiers during anti-occupation protests along the border between the blockaded sliver and Occupied Territories.

“Shame” on “those cowards who are hiding behind the hills and armed to the teeth, protected to the teeth with high velocity rifles to use them as snipers against civilians… They are the cowards who are facing defenseless civilians and martyring them as one would go hunting in the open fields,” Mansour added.

The recent deadly attack on Palestinian protesters came just hours after the UN human rights chief criticized Tel Aviv for using “excessive force” against demonstrators.

Protests along the Gaza border since March 30 have led to clashes with Israeli troops, leaving at least 45 Palestinians martyred and thousands of others wounded.

The Palestinian demonstrations will last until May 15, coinciding with the 70th anniversary of ‘Nakba Day’ (Day of Catastrophe) when Zionist regime was created.

Every year on May 15, Palestinians all over the world hold protests to commemorate ‘Nakba Day’, which also marks the anniversary of the forcible eviction of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians from their homeland by the Israeli regime in 1948.

Meanwhile, Amnesty International called for a global arms embargo against Zionist regime, accusing its troops of committing war crime in the Gaza Strip by carrying out “murderous assaults” against Palestinians.