Palestinian Authority condemns Israeli air strike on Gaza

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Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Al-Maleki condemned on Sunday an Israeli air strike that targeted locations in Gaza Strip late on Saturday killing five people.

The Palestinian Authority denounces each “Israeli attack against our people, ” said the minister in remarks to Voice of Palestine radio station.

Such recurring Israeli strikes are intended to manifest Israel’s ability to strike deep in the Palestinian territories, he said. “But despite the crimes of the occupation, we maintain the will to continue the process of construction and preparation for the proclamation of the state regardless of the Israeli actions,” Al-Malkei said.

Five Palestinians were killed in an Israeli air raid late on Saturday after being targeted by Israeli warplanes in Deir Al-Balah in the middle of Gaza Strip.

Gaza has been under control of the Islamic Hamas movement since the militants drove followers of the mainstream movement, Fatah, from the enclave in armed fighting in 2007.

Al-Maleki added that the Palestinian authority would address the United Nations Security Council to solicit condemnation of such Israeli offensives, as well the continuous settlement activities.

Elaborating, the minister expressed satisfaction at recent recognition of the Palestinian state by some Latin American nations, noting that the leadership would seek identical recognition from African and Asian states.

“Palestinian efforts are currently focusing on rallying recognition of their state from the largest number possible of states across the globe, in preparation for seeking recognition from the United Nations,” he noted.


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