Israel holds Palestinians captive in open Gaza prison: UN envoy

Israel holds Palestinians captive in open Gaza prison: UN envoy

Tue Jul 22, 2014 5:51PM GMT

Palestinian Ambassador to the United Nations Riyad Mansour says Palestinians are held captive by Israel in an “open prison” called the Gaza Strip.

Addressing the UN Security Council’s monthly meeting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the Mideast on Tuesday, Mansour condemned Israel for attacking densely populated areas in the Palestinian territory with missiles, bombs and artillery shelling.

He added that Palestinians want an end to the Israeli aggression and their collective punishment.

The senior Palestinian diplomat also criticized the international community and the Security Council for failing to stop Israeli atrocities.

Mansour argued that Israel should not be allowed to carry out its crimes with impunity.

Over the past 15 days, Israeli warplanes have been hitting numerous sites in the Gaza Strip, demolishing homes and burying families in the rubble. Israeli tanks also began a ground offensive against the impoverished Palestinian land on July 17.

More than 600 Palestinians, mostly women and children, have been killed in the Tel Aviv’s offensive.

Palestinian resistance fighters have also retaliated against the deadly Israeli attacks by firing a barrage of rockets deep into the Israeli-occupied Palestinian territories. They have also killed some 30 Israelis in their retaliatory operations.

Top Hamas leader in Gaza Ismail Haniyeh has vowed that the besieged Palestinian territory will turn into “a graveyard for Israeli soldiers.”

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