RAMALLAH, August 26, 2014 (WAFA) – Palestinian Council of Ministers called on Tuesday upon all neighboring and friendly countries to urgently provide financial and humanitarian aid for the relief of Palestinian civilians’ suffering in the war-battered Gaza.
During its weekly session headed by prime minister Rami Hamdallah, the council praised the efforts of President Mahmoud Abbas aimed at ending the bloodshed and at ending the Israeli eight-year blockade of Gaza, in order to alleviate the suffering of the distressed Palestinians, to reconstruct the strip as well as to provide a descent living for its citizens.
He stressed Abbas’ ongoing efforts exerted toward ending the occupation in order to achieve the Palestinian national rights of freedom and independence as well as toward establishing an independent sovereign state of Palestine based on 1967 borders with Jerusalem as a capital.
The cabinet commended the Palestinian factions’ approval to the Palestinian leadership’s impending ratification of the Rome Convention in order to join the International Criminal Court, to adjudicate those responsible for war crimes and crimes against humanity.
The council condemned the Israeli genocide and barbaric destruction of Gaza, as well as the international community’s silence towards these crimes and toward the latest escalation of the shelling and complete destruction of residential towers and governmental buildings.
The council also denounced the Israeli authorities’ announcement of new tenders for the construction of 708 settlement units in the settlement neighborhood of Gilo in Jerusalem, as well as denounced the Israeli approval of a broad plan to build hundreds of settlement units as part of the Israeli authorities plan to separate the Gaza Strip from the West Bank and to dismember the West Bank through bypass roads and settlements.