CAIRO: The Secretary-General of Egypt’s state-run rights watchdog National Council for Human Rights (NCHR) ambassador Mokhles Kotb demanded the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights’ (UNHCHR) immediate intervention to halt human rights violations against Palestinian people, Abdul Ghaffar Shukr, vice president of NCHR told Youm7 Wednesday.
Shukr further warned that Gaza is now facing a “genocidal war,” adding that “the council is about to issue a press statement condemning the attacks on Gaza which were officially initiated by the Israeli military.” Shukr called on the Egyptian government to counter this vicious attack on unarmed civilians in the Gaza Strip.
Emir of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah and Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shokri discussed the current situation in Palestine in light of this latest escalation during Shokri’s visit to Kuwait Wednesday. The two sides called on the Israeli government “to stop its aggression and spilling of Palestinian blood which are threatening peace and security in the region as well as to abide by the armistice agreement signed in early 2012.”
Israel had announced the disappearance of three Israeli settlers in the West Bank in June and accused Hamas and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas of kidnapping them. After a few days, the bodies were found dead, which caused an uproar among the Israeli public and resulted in other settlers kidnapping Mohamed Abo Khodeir and burning him alive.
The Israeli military later announced their sweeping attacks, claiming that Hamas should be blamed for the deaths.
“Hamas forced Israel to launch this military process; we tried to contain the situation and control it but your [Palestinians] actions are forcing us to initiate a military response,” Israeli military spokesperson Avichay Adraee said in a video on his Facebook page Wednesday.