Rabat – The Palestinian government has called on the United Nations for immediate intervention to put an end to the Israeli hostilities against the Palestinian people in the Gaza Strip and to guarantee the Gazans international protection. The chairman to the ministerial council meeting on May 6, 2019, Mohammad Shtayyeh, stated, “The international community should not keep silent about the crimes the Israeli occupation is committing against Palestinian civilians.” He added, referring to the international community, that “no one should take a neutral stance when faced with images of corpses of three little kids,” stressing that the government can in no way accept putting criminals on par with victims. Shtayyeh further noted that it is of paramount importance to strengthen the national unity of the Palestinian people “against the Israelis’ atrocities against the Palestinian people and its just cause.”Read also: Report: Israel Detained Over 50,000 Palestinian Children Since 1967While calling attention to the Palestinian government being at the service of the Palestinians, he said the government will launch humanitarian and paramedical aid to the Gaza strip. The statement came at a time when the clashes between Palestinians and Israelis were in full swing, where Israelis carried out air strikes, resulting in a death toll of 20 Palestinians, including two pregnant women and two babies.In late April, Abd al Nasser Ferwana, the director of the Commission of Detainees Affairs’ Studies and Research Unit, stated in a press release that the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have detained 50,000 Palestinian kids since 1967, including 16,655 since 2000 only. From 2002 to 2012, the average rate of arrests stands at 700 children per year, Ferwana noted, and the arrests have since 2011 witnessed a considerable increase, reaching 1,250 arrests yearly.

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