Breaking News

Sat Nov 24, 2012 6:51AM
Palestinian envoy to UN Riyad Mansour (file photo)

Palestinian envoy to UN Riyad Mansour (file photo)

The Palestinian UN envoy has called on the world body to condemn Israel over the killing of a Gazan man and violating the recent truce with the Hamas resistance group. In a letter to the UN Security Council on Friday, Riyad Mansour said the violation of the cease-fire by Israel and its illegal actions in the occupied territories pose a threat to the "extremely fragile" situation of Gaza. The protest letter came after Israeli troops killed a Palestinian man named Anwar Abdulhadi Qudaih and injured at least 19 others in the village of Khuzaa, east of Khan Yunis in the Gaza strip despite a ceasefire. Mansour went on to say the Israeli regime has been using "excessive and lethal force" against Palestinian civilians in the West Bank and East al-Quds (Jerusalem) in recent days. He added that at least 230 Palestinians were arrested in the occupied territories since the Gaza war began on November 14. The killing of Qudaih marked the first fatal act of violence since an Egypt-brokered ceasefire between the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas and the Tel Aviv regime took effect on Wednesday. Over 160 Palestinians, including women and children, were killed and about 1,200 others were injured in the Israeli attacks on Gaza that were carried out during the eight-day period of November 14-21. In retaliation, the Palestinian resistance fighters fired rockets and missiles into Israeli cities, killing at least five Israelis. DB/AZ