Syria Condemns Israel’s Brutal Massacre of Defenseless Palestinian Civilians
14 May، 2018
Damascus, SANA

Syria condemned in the strongest terms the brutal massacre committed by the Israeli occupation authorities against defenseless Palestinian civilians.

An official source at the Foreign and Expatriates Ministry told SANA that “the Syrian Arab Republic condemns in the strongest terms the brutal massacre committed by the Israeli occupation authorities against unarmed Palestinian civilians who have exercised their national right to defend their freedom and independence, return to their land and to build their independent state with al-Quds (Jerusalem) as its capital.”

The source said that the killing of 50 Palestinians and the wounding of more than 2,000 as Palestinians were protesting Israel’s land grabbing and its inhuman practices are further evidence of the brutality of the Israeli authorities and their violations which have not stopped despite hundreds of resolutions adopted by the United Nations in the General Assembly and in the Security Council, which all demand the withdrawal of Israel from the occupied Palestinian and the Arab territories.

“Syria asserts that without the protection provided by the US and the Western countries partners in the crime of perpetuating the Palestinian catastrophe and the normalization of relations with Israel by some regimes in the region, it would not have been possible for Israel to escape its crimes unpunished,” the source added.

The source cited the current US administration in particular, its partners and allies as responsible for the Palestinian blood, especially after the US administration’s criminal and illegal decision to transfer its embassy to the city of al-Quds which has encouraged Israel to use its force to perpetrate this massacre, a measure which can only be considered as a war crime and a crime against humanity.

“The Palestinian people’s battle against Israel is a Syrian one because Israel, which is killing the Palestinian people, is itself supporting armed terrorist groups that are killing the Syrian people,” the source said.

The source concluded by saying that the Syrian Arab Republic offers its deepest condolences to the families of the Palestinian martyrs as it expresses its absolute support for the cause of the Palestinian people and stands by them in their struggle to obtain legitimate rights, especially the right to return and self-determination, as well as building an independent state on its land with al-Quds as its capital.

Manar al-Frieh/Manal

55 Palestinians martyred in massacre committed by Israeli occupation in Gaza

14 May، 2018
Occupied Al-Quds, SANA

55 Palestinians, some of them children, were martyred, and over 2,400 others were injured as Israeli occupation forces violently suppressed the participants in the Return March on the borders between Gaza Strip and the Palestinian territories occupied in 1948.

Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians had flocked from across Gaza Strip to the borders with the Palestinian territories occupied in 1948 to mark the 70th anniversary of Nakba Day, to express rejection of the transfer of the US Embassy to the occupied Al-Quds (Jerusalem), and to affirm their adherence to their right to return.

The Israeli occupation forces responded to the march by firing artillery shells, live ammo, and tear gas.

According to the latest report by the Palestinian Health Ministry, the Israeli massacre has left 55 Palestinians martyred, including 7 children; 6 boys and a girl, in addition to injuring 2,410 others, including 203 children and 48 women.

The Ministry said that 40 of the injured are in very critical condition, and 76 are in critical condition, as more than half of the injured sustained wounds from gunfire.

The Israeli occupation forces also opened fire on medical and press crews, martyring one of the paramedics and injuring 8 others, damaging 5 ambulances, and injuring 12 journalists, the Ministry added.

The Israeli occupation also suppressed Palestinian demonstrators and arrested a number of them in other areas, including the West Bank, Al-Quds, and Ramallah.

Hazem Sabbagh