Turkey and Israel expel envoys over Gaza violence

Turkey and Israel expel envoys over Gaza violence

A relative of Palestinian Ahmed al-Rantisi, killed during a protest at the Israel-Gaza border, is consoled at a hospital in the northern Gaza Strip on May 14, 2018.

It was the deadliest day of violence in Gaza since a war in 2014.

Hamas said 10 of those killed in Monday's clashes were members of the organisation, though Israel claims that 24 militants were among the fatalities.

But while Britain and Germany are among those backing an independent investigation, the United States on Monday blocked the adoption of a UN statement that would have called for an independent probe.

"They can't do anything. They come with weapons of mass destruction", said Abdullah.

The Trump administration's response to the violence in Gaza this week once again places it at odds with Europe and key USA allies.

"But it's the worldwide community who can help".

"No one has the right to imperil our territory and place an embassy in a territory under occupation, " he said.

Enough killing of the Palestinian people!

Doctors Without Borders called on the Israeli army to stop using deadly force against demonstrators, saying their actions were "unacceptable and inhuman".

Nour Al-Emam, a lawyer and member of the Palestine National Council, said the United States was now complicit in the killings of unarmed Palestinians by the Israeli occupiers. French president Emmanuel Macron also condemned the killings.




Israel's ambassador to Ireland will not be expelled after troops shot dead dozens of Palestinian protesters yesterday, according to Taoiseach Leo Varadkar. Israeli tactics of using live fire against protesters has drawn worldwide condemnaton.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley defended Israel, however. "No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has". "In fact, the records of several countries here today suggest they would be much less restrained".

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan posted the tweet in response to violence along the Israeli-Palestinian border over the move of the US embassy to Jerusalem and Israeli military officials' reports that Hamas is behind the violence.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has blamed the Hamas government of Gaza for instigating the violence, telling CBS News that Hamas was trying to "incur casualties in order to put pressure on Israel".

"Hamas has committed war crimes not only against Israeli civilians but also against its own people - turning them into human shields for their own cynical gain".

Kuwait, the only Arab nation with a current seat on the Security Council, said it would circulate a draft resolution on "providing worldwide protection to the Palestinian people".

Belgium has also demanded a United Nations inquiry to take place to look into the violence in Gaza, and joined other countries in summoning the Israeli ambassador to the foreign ministry.

In December 2017, eight other countries voted against a United Nations resolution telling America to not recognise Jerusalem as the country's capital.

International Relations Minister Lindiwe Sisulu says government's intent to downgrading the South African embassy in Israel still stands.

Jerusalem's status is perhaps the thorniest issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

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