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Humanitarian crisis escalates in Gaza after Israeli violence

Humanitarian crisis escalates in Gaza after Israeli violence

The Israeli military also released a video of civilians claiming that Hamas had forced people to rush the border wall toward Israel.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Netanyahu already exchanged insults on Twitter after Monday's chaos along Gaza's border fence with Israel, which has blockaded the coastal enclave, along with Egypt, for more than a decade.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said one man sustained moderate injuries from shrapnel, but did not confirm whether he was inside a targeted site or nearby.

"We express deepest sympathy to those affected by the situation and remain hopeful for the attainment of lasting peace and stability for the peoples of the region, through continued dialogue on outstanding issues", the ministry said in a statement. "The Israeli government's allegations that Hamas organized these protests are lies, and are defamatory statements that have no basis in reality", Nabeel Diab, one of the organizers, told Mondoweiss.

The weekly protests peaked on Monday when about 40,000 Gazans descended on the border area.

The Palestinians, who seek Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem as their capital, strongly objected to the move of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. But he did not mention the violence.

"The location of the embassy has no bearing on the specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem, or the resolution of contested borders".

Israeli security forces said they were responding to deliberate attempts, spurred by Hamas, to overwhelm and breach the boundary fence to launch terror attacks in Israel. Haley placed all blame for the conflict with Hamas, after more than 50 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire at the Gaza border, following the U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem that was celebrated Monday.

"This proves what so many have tried to ignore: Hamas is behind these riots, and the branding of the riots as "peaceful protests" could not be further from the truth", he said.

PE protesters join rage against Israel

The Israeli human rights organization B'tselem has called on the Israeli military to disobey commands to use live ammunition on protesters who do not pose a threat to Israelis, saying they have an obligation under the law to disobey illegal orders.

"These individuals that were killed, regardless of their affiliation or membership, were engaged in a demonstration in which they did not pose an immediate threat to life and were gunned down, and that's what's relevant", Shakir said.

He called on Israel to use force proportionally and avoid using deadly force except as a last resort, a message echoed by the council's European members. Snipers are supposed to aim at protesters' legs and can shoot only with approval from a commander.

On Monday, White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah declared "the responsibility for these tragic deaths rests squarely with Hamas". Israel's ambassador, meanwhile, called for condemning Hamas.

The bloodiest day for Palestinians in years has created a diplomatic crisis.

"Moving the USA embassy to Jerusalem was the right thing to do", Haley added later.

The Palestinian Authority said Wednesday it was recalling its envoys to Romania, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria after their ambassadors attended an Israeli reception marking the U.S. embassy move.

In Jerusalem, following the United States lead, Guatemala opened its embassy in the city on Wednesday.

The killings overshadowed the opening of the new US embassy in occupied Jerusalem, relocated from Tel Aviv in fulfillment of a campaign promise by US President Donald Trump, whose daughter Ivanka attended the inaugural ceremony.

Despite preliminary election result loss, Abadi says ready to form government
People in Iraq voted Saturday in the first parliamentary elections since the country declared victory over ISIS terrorist group. A Pentagon spokesman told Eric Pahon that the US government does not support any particular Iraqi candidate or party.



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