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Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas called on Sunday on the United Nations to condemn what he describe as the continued Israeli violations against the Palestinian people.
During a meeting with U.N. special envoy for the Middle East peace process Robert Serry, Abbas called on UN chief Ban Ki-Moon to form an international committee to monitor and investigate "crimes and violations" committed against the Palestinian people.
The latest of such crimes, he said, was the kidnapping and killing of Palestinian teen Mohamed Abu Khdeer last Wednesday by suspected Jewish settlers near Jerusalem.
"Abu Khdeer was burnt alive and 16 Palestinians, including children and women, were killed during the past two weeks, aside from the ongoing kidnapping attempts and assaults against [Palestinian] children,” Abbas told Serry as he gave the latter an urgent letter to deliver to the U.N. chief.
Footage taken from a security camera near Mohamed's home showed what appeared to be Jewish settlers abducting the boy.
In the footage, the kidnappers can be seen forcing him into their car before speeding off.
Abbas also denounced the assault against Mohamed Abu Khdeer's cousin, Tareq Abu Khdeer, by Israeli police.
“We all saw through the media the face of Tareq Abu Khdeer distorted with injuries," he added.
He also called for labeling extremist settlers groups that are suspected to be behind a recent string of attacks against Palestinian citizens and property "illegal and illegitimate organizations."
“I have requested an international protection for the Palestinian people, giving the Israeli authorities' refusal to prosecute these settler’s groups in the light of a rise in settlers’ attacks against Palestinians, which have increased by 41% since the first half of 2014," he noted.
“We are preparing to announce a raft of steps to end the Israeli aggression and curb settlers’ crimes and the ongoing attacks against our people in the besieged Gaza strip,” Abbas went on to say, without elaborating on these steps.
According to the Israeli newspaper Haaretz, Israel had arrested six suspects in connection with Mohamed's murder.
Since three settlers went missing in West Bank and later found dead, Israeli forces have launched a wide-scale arrest campaign in the West Bank, detaining hundreds of Palestinians, including lawmakers and former government officials as well as a barrage of airstrikes on the besieged Gaza Strip.
No Palestinian group has claimed responsibility for the settlers' disappearance or subsequent death.
Clashes in West Bank and Israel's Arab towns
Clashes broke out between scores of angered Palestinians and Israeli security forces inside Israel and the West Bank on Sunday following the killing of two Palestinians after they were run over by an Israeli man, Israeli police said.
Thus far, 14 Palestinians have been arrested during confrontations with Israeli security forces in the northern Tamra city, according to a statement by the Israeli police Sunday evening.
Clashes also erupted in the towns of Nazareth as well as the West Bank towns of Abu Deis and al-Eizariya – the latter two lie adjacent to Jerusalem, according to the statement which was broadcast on Israeli radio.
Ten thousand Israeli policemen have been deployed to the flashpoint areas, the statement added.
Two Palestinians were killed Sunday when an Israeli man ran them over with his vehicle in northern Israel's Haifa city, eyewitnesses said, as tensions continue in the occupied territories.
The two Palestinians were run over by a Jewish settler after they had pulled over on a highway near Haifa to check an apparent malfunction in their own vehicle, according to Israeli police's statement, which said investigation with the settler is underway.
The two slain Palestinians, named Sobhi Abu Hamed and Anwar Satal, come from the West Bank cities of Qalqiliya and Tulkarm.
2 Gazans killed in Israeli airstrike
Two Palestinians were killed and a third was injured on Sunday when Israeli war jets hit a refugee camp in central Gaza Strip, a health official said.
"The Israeli airstrike on Bureij refugee camp in central Gaza left two Palestinians dead – Mazen al-Jarba, 30, and Marawan Selim, 23 – and a third, 20, wounded," Health Ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qodrah told Anadolu Agency.
According to eyewitnesses, the Israeli aircraft targeted a gathering of Palestinians in the camp.
Earlier in the day, An-Nasser Salahuddin Brigades, the military arm of the Popular Resistance Committees, said that a group of its fighters survived an Israeli raid in northern Gaza after they fired two rockets into southern Israel.
Israeli aircraft and artillery also pounded empty lands in Beit Lahia in northern Gaza, and in the south of the enclave, without causing injuries.
The Israeli army radio said that five rockets fell on Eshkol and a sixth on Sha'ar HaNegev but left no damage.
There has been no immediate claim of responsibility for the rocket attacks.Last Mod: 07 Temmuz 2014, 09:29