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Emergency UNGA Meeting On Gaza Called For Wednesday

Web Desk (June 09, 2018): The UN General Assembly will hold an emergency meeting next Wednesday at 3:00pm (19:00 GMT) to vote on an Arab-backed resolution on Gaza, the body’s president Miroslav Lajcak announced Friday.

The resolution will condemn Israel, and will be similar to one vetoed by the United States in the Security Council last week, which called for protecting Palestinians from Israeli aggression, according to diplomats.

It comes as four Palestinians were martyred by Israeli fire on the Gaza border on Friday, as weeks of deadly clashes with protesters continued.Resolutions adopted by the General Assembly have no binding value, unlike those passed by the Security Council.

On June 05, United Nation expressed an outrage over killing by Israeli security forces of a 21-year-old Palestinian medic who was helping the injured along the Gaza border.

“Healthcare workers must be allowed to perform their duties without fear of death or injury,” the UN Humanitarian Coordinator, Jamie McGoldrick, said in a statement.

He added that it is difficult to see how the killing “squares with Israel’s obligation as occupying power to ensure the welfare of the population of Gaza” the Palestinian enclave occupied by Israel.Razan al-Najjar, a member of the Palestinian Medical Relief Society (PMRS), was hit by live ammunition fired by Israeli forces while trying, with other first responders, to reach those injured during Friday’s demonstrations against Israeli policies in Gaza, dubbed the “the Great March of Return”.

The protests, still ongoing, were initially organized to take place from 30 March to 15 May to mark al-Nakba or the Catastrophe, by which Palestinians remember their mass displacement during the 1948-1949 war.Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians have marched along the border of the Gaza, the Palestinian enclave occupied by Israel.

Fueled by United States recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital and the official opening of its embassy there on 14 May, the demonstrations peaked that day and clashes at the border fence resulted in the killing of at least 60 Palestinians by Israel security forces.

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