Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Global condemnations pour in as Gaza death toll reaches 60

Global condemnations pour in as Gaza death toll reaches 60

Shamout was referring to the killing of dozens of Palestinians by Israeli forces during clashes and protests on Monday over the deeply controversial opening of a United States embassy in Jerusalem.

A White House delegation and Israeli officials are set to attend an inauguration ceremony for the U.S. embassy later on Monday and there have been clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces along the Gaza border.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in lockstep with Trump over fulfilling a long-standing U.S. promise to move the embassy to the holy city and over the president's withdrawal from the Iran nuclear deal last week, echoed the sentiment.

The Israeli military even had to launch airstrikes against Hamas outposts in Gaza where terrorists were firing at Israel Defense Force (IDF) soldiers. But the USA leader said the United States "remains committed to a lasting peace agreement" between Israel and the Palestinians.

Palestinians carry away an injured protester who was shot in his leg during clashes with Israeli forces east of Gaza City.

The US on Monday blocked a Kuwait-drafted UN Security Council statement that would have expressed "outrage and sorrow at the killing of Palestinian civilians" and called for an independent investigation, UN diplomats said.

Philadelphia, for the first time in the city's history, raised the Israeli flag over City Hall on the 70th anniversary of Israel's Independence Day.

But the move infuriated Palestinians, who seek the eastern part of the city that Israel captured in the 1967 Mideast war as their future capital. "He is among dozens who died for the sake of Palestine and Jerusalem".

No Israelis were reported killed or injured.

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During the press call, Schultz noted it will be a mix of full-timers and contractors spread across 16 locations around the world. The company previously enforced community standards by having users report violations and trained staff then deal with them.

Mrs May said Israel had a right to defend its borders but the use of live fire and the resulting loss of life was "deeply troubling".

Most of the protesters stay around the tent camps, but groups of youths have ventured closer to the no-go zone along the fence, risking live fire from Israeli troops to roll burning tires and throw stones.

He said Osama had declared the United States "the first enemy of the Muslims, and swore that it will not dream of security until it is lived in reality in Palestine, and until all the armies of disbelief leave the land of Muhammad".

According to the Gaza Health Ministry, 55 Palestinians - including six children - were killed by Israeli forces during mass protests.

Haley also insisted the violence had nothing to do with the opening of a USA embassy in contested Jerusalem, saying that Gaza's Hamas rulers have been inciting violence there for years.

Today Russia waded into the row, claiming they had warned the United States not to move the embassy from Tel Aviv and feared Donald Trump would be a destabilising influence in the Middle East. Israel said the protests were aimed at breaching the border and attacking Israeli communities nearby. The decision fueled unrest across the Middle East and has been condemned by the majority of the global community.

But Guatemala, which received support from Israel in its counter-insurgency campaigns in the 1980s, plans to open an embassy in Jerusalem on Wednesday.

The EFF said the South African government should take the lead in the boycott of Israel.

He has argued that it helps make peace possible by taking Jerusalem "off the table", but many have pointed out he has not announced any concessions in return from Israel.

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