DOZENS OF -PALESTINIANS INJURED IN CLASHES WITH ISRAELI SOLDIERS IN WEST BANK, GAZA

GAZA, Dozens of Palestinians were injured on Monday during clashes with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank and the northern Gaza Strip, close to the border with Israel, medics said.

The clashes coincided with the Israeli-Arab community’s protest against the Israeli nation-state law, which was approved by the Israeli parliament on July 19.

Ashraf al-Qedra, spokesman of the Health Ministry in Gaza, told reporters that 51 Palestinian protesters were injured, including 10 shot by Israeli gunfire in northern Gaza.

Dozens of Palestinians headed to the beach of the northern Gaza Strip close to the border with Israel to join the weekly rally on Monday in which a flotilla of 20 fishing boats sail off the northern coast of the coastal enclave.

The commission of the Great March of Return, which was founded on March 30 and organized these activities every Monday, said in a press statement that it is the 10th consecutive Monday protest.

According to Al-Qedra, the Israeli army has shot dead 193 Palestinians and wounded more than 21,000 others since the beginning of the March of Return rally in the Gaza Strip on March 30.

Also on Monday, clashes broke out in several West Bank towns in protest of the Israeli Jewish-only law and in solidarity with the Bedouin village of Al-Khan Al-Ahmar east of Jerusalem, which Israel is intending to demolish.

Meanwhile, a general strike for the same purpose dominated all the Palestinian territories and in East Jerusalem, where schools, universities, banks and markets close down for one day.

Meanwhile, the Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) sent a letter on Monday to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres urging him to list Israel as a state that “violates children’s rights” in its annual report on children and armed conflict.

The letter, sent from PLO’s Secretary General Saeb Erekat, came two days after Israeli troops killed two Palestinian children in Gaza on Friday.

“From reports you received from UN agencies working in occupied Palestine and through our bilateral channels, it becomes evident that Israel, as an occupying power, continues its grave violations of its obligations under the Fourth Geneva Convention and other treaties, including UN Convention on Right of the Child,” the letter said.

Last Friday, Israeli snipers shot Abdelnasser Musabeh, 12 years old, and Mohammad Al-Hoom, 14 years old, while they were standing hundreds of meters away from the Israeli forces deployed in the Gaza Strip, according to the letter.

The senior PLO official accused Israel of violating children’s rights, including murdering and maiming of children, abduction of children, attacks against schools and hospitals, and denial of humanitarian access for children.

Erekat also reiterated the demand for international protection for the Palestinian civilians, adding that over 350 Palestinian children are currently jailed in Israel.

Source: NAM NEWS NETWORK