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PA condemns collective punishment 'tactics' in Gaza Strip

Aug. 21, 2011 4:01 P.M. (Updated: Aug. 21, 2011 4:37 P.M.)
RAMALLAH (Ma'an) -- The Palestinian Authority has condemned Israeli government tactics of 'collective punishment' in the latest military assault on the Gaza Strip, calling on the international community to take immediate action, a statement from the government media center said Sunday.

The PA called upon the Israeli government "to cease and desist in its use of its unjustified aggression against the Palestinian people in Gaza and to respect international law and refrain from revenge, terror, and collective punishment tactics," the statement said.

Israeli tactics in the Gaza Strip are effectively the same as the "price tag" policy adopted by settlers in the West Bank, the PA said, and Israeli Defense Minister Ehud Barak is carrying out "illegal and immoral actions against the people of Gaza."

"This type of rogue behavior must end," the PA said, urging the international community "to take immediate action to restore calm and order to the region and hold Israel accountable for its illegal practices."
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