Hamas fighters display weapons in Gaza after truce with Israel

Tanya Simon
May 31, 2021

General Kamel visited President Abbas on Sunday, conveying President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi's support and that the Palestinian cause will "remain at the forefront of Egypt's priorities".

While Ashkenazi visits Egypt to meet his counterpart, Egypt's intelligence chief Abbas Kamel, along with a high-security delegation, is visiting Israel and Palestinian communities and hold discussions on similar tunes.

Ashkenazi tweeted on his arrival that they would "discuss establishing a permanent ceasefire with Hamas, a mechanism for providing humanitarian aid and the reconstruction of Gaza with a pivotal role played by the worldwide community". Bachelet said Hamas' indiscriminate rocket fire during the conflict was also a clear violation of the rules of war.

Israeli strikes on Gaza killed 248 Palestinians, including 66 children, and have wounded more than 1,900 people, the Gaza health ministry says.

Rockets and other fire from Gaza claimed 12 lives in Israel, including one child and an Arab-Israeli teenager, medics said.

According to the New York-based Fox News satellite channel, the protesters urged the United States administration not allow the weapons to go through in the wake of the Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip.

Both Netanyahu and Ashkenazi said a key aim for Israel was to secure the return of two Israeli civilians and the remains of two soldiers held for years in Gaza.

Besides, Bachelet said her office had "not seen evidence" that the buildings targeted in Gaza, including medical facilities and media offices, were "hosting armed groups or being used for military purposes".

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"We are hoping to send a clear message to the United States government that the days of supporting the Israeli state without repercussions are over", one of the demonstrators, 39-year-old Washington lawyer Sharif Silmi, said as he stood in the crowd where many protesters held red, white, green and black Palestinian flags.

Sisi has pledged $500 million to help reconstruction efforts in the densely populated Gaza enclave, which was pummelled by Israeli air strikes.

Israel, which has enforced a land and maritime blockade on the enclave since 2007, accuses the group of diverting global aid to military ends.

Gaza's Health Ministry that has been providing the tally of Palestinians killed in the Israeli offensive did not give a breakdown between civilians and combatants.

The UN Human Rights Council decided Thursday to create an open-ended worldwide investigation into violations surrounding the latest Gaza violence.

The Organisation of Islamic Conference has presented a resolution that, if passed by the council, would mark an unprecedented level of scrutiny authorised by the council by setting up a permanent commission to report on human rights violations in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank.

It said it would also look at the "underlying root causes of recurrent tensions and instability, including systematic discrimination" in the occupied Palestinian Territories and inside Israel.

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