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Protests outside parliament over Palestinian deaths

Protests outside parliament over Palestinian deaths

President Tayyip Erdogan described Monday's bloodshed, the deadliest for Palestinians since the 2014 Gaza conflict, as genocide and called Israel a terrorist state.

Palestinian demonstrators run for cover from Israeli fire and tear gas during a protest against the USA embassy move to Jerusalem at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip, May 14, 2018.

"I ask my colleagues here in the Security Council: who among us would accept this type of activity on your border?" she said.

United States Senator Bernie Sanders along with members of the Congressional Progressive Caucus and Jewish-American activists have condemned the Israeli army's use of excessive force and live ammunition against Palestinian protesters in Gaza.

But it was unarmed civilian protesters, not militants, who Israeli soldiers targeted on Monday, killing at least 58 people and injuring 2,771 others, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

The US ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday said Israel had reacted with restraint in its military response to protesters at the Gaza border and dismissed suggestions the violence was caused by the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem. "It all boils down to the fact of making a choice - are we going to side with the strong or side with those who are right?" Haley says the boundaries of the city are still up for negotiation.

As the USA opened its new embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, Palestinians saw the deadliest day since the Gaza war in 2014.

To suggest that the violence had anything to do with the relocation of the USA embassy was a smoke screen, she said.




The Turkish Embassy in Washington says the Turkish ambassador to the United States is being called home over the Trump administration moving the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

The UN Middle East peace envoy Nikolay Mladenov said there was "no justification" for the Israeli response and called the protesrs a "day of tragedy". "That is what Canada and the worldwide community are pushing for". He said a move to expel the Israeli ambassador to Ireland would not help such a process.

Israel occupied the West Bank and east Jerusalem in 1967 and later annexed east Jerusalem in a move never recognised by the global community.

"Erdogan is one of the biggest supporters of Hamas, so there's no doubt he's an expert on terror and slaughter", Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted.

Demonstrators took to the streets in South Africa in solidarity with Palestinians on Wednesday morning, with anti-apartheid icon Archbishop Desmond Tutu declaring himself "broken-hearted" over the violence.

The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting today on the violence, with Kuwait preparing a draft resolution to protect Palestinian civilians and the United States defending ally Israel's use of "restraint". Hamas should not use protests as cover to try to place bombs at the border fence, he told the Security Council via video link.

The ongoing protests in Gaza are part of the "March of Return", which first began on March 30 with the aim of condemning Israel's occupation and demanding their right to return.


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