(Photo: AFP)
(Photo: AFP)

Gaza, 23 Rabi’ul Akhir 1436/13 February 2015 (MINA) – Palestinians have taken to the streets in the Gaza Strip to condemn the murder of three Muslim students in the United States.

On Thursday, dozens of Palestinians staged a rally in front of the United Nations headquarters in Gaza to show their anger at the cold-blooded killing of three Muslim students in the US.

The protesters were reportedly organized by the Palestinian resistance movement, Hamas, Press Tv quoted by Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA) as reporting.

On February 10, Craig Stephen Hicks, 46, shot dead Deah Shaddy Barakat, 23, his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21, and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, 19, near the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill campus.

Police said they were examining whether the murders were religiously motivated, but stressed that initial investigations indicated a dispute between Hicks and his victims over parking spaces led to the killings.

However, the father of the two slain women said the shooting was a hate crime. “This was not a dispute over a parking space; this was a hate crime,” said Mohammad Abu-Salha, adding, “This man had picked on my daughter and her husband a couple of times before, and he talked with them with his gun in his belt.”

On Wednesday, about 4,000 people gathered at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill to mourn the deaths of the students. (T/P011/R03)


Mi’raj Islamic News Agency (MINA)