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UN must protect Palestinians against Israel’s crimes: Arab League

US Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) (L) talks with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) during a rally with fellow Democrats before voting on H.R. 1, or the People Act, on the East Steps of the US Capitol on March 08, 2019 in Washington, DC. (AFP photo)
Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi (L) shakes hands with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas on August 5, 2015, ahead of an Arab foreign ministers meeting in the Egyptian capital Cairo. (AFP)

Arab League has called on the United Nations to protect Palestinians from "terrorist crimes" committed by the Israeli settlers.

During a meeting held in the Egyptian capital Cairo on Wednesday, Arab league foreign ministers urged further talks on submitting a draft resolution at the United Nations Security Council to devise an international mechanism to safeguard Palestinians from Israeli settlers’ violence in the occupied territories.

The 15 ministers who were present at the meeting decided to “hold Arab and international consultations to present the Security Council with a draft resolution,” read their statement.

Before the meeting, Arab League chief Nabil al-Arabi said, “What is required is real international protection, through a Security Council decision."

Al-Arabi also expressed deep concern over the financial crisis within the UN agency for Palestinian refugees, and asked Arab states to commit support for the agency.

The meeting was held following the last Friday's tragedy, in which an 18-month-old Palestinian baby boy was burnt to death when Israeli settlers, wearing black balaclavas, smashed a window and threw a Molotov cocktail into the parents’ bedroom while they were asleep in their house in the West Bank village of Duma, south of Nablus.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas who was also present at the summit said Israel is responsible for the crimes by settlers because the regime spreads the culture of racism, apartheid, and terrorism.

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