Hundreds In Israel And Beyond Protest Killings Of Palestinians On Gaza Border

Palestinian protesters carry an injured man who was shot by Israeli troops during a deadly protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel. Adel Hana  AP

55 dead in Gaza protests as Israel fetes US Embassy move

The UN human rights office said Israel has repeatedly violated worldwide norms by using deadly live fire to repel protesters from its border with Gaza, suggesting its forces should instead arrest those who reach the fence.

At a special meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Wednesday morning (AEST), Ms Haley denied the violence in Gaza was a response to the new USA embassy, saying the blame laid with the Palestinian Hamas party.

Meanwhile, in Gaza, at least fifty-five Palestinians have been martyred and over 2700 injured in clashes with Israeli troops in the wake of opening of United States embassy in Jerusalem.

"Those shocking and bloody images can't leave us without welcoming the decision of the government of Canada and other governments who didn't participate in the so-called inauguration ceremony of the USA on Palestinian land", said the statement from the Ottawa delegation.

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He urged the worldwide community to refrain from taking unilateral action that steers Israel and Palestine away from the peace process. "Hamas is intentionally and cynically provoking this response and as the secretary of state (Mike Pompeo) said, Israel has a right to defend itself".

Namibia has condemned Israel for the killing of 59 Palestinians in bloody clashes near Gaza on Monday, the deadliest day there since the 2014 war, as the United States officially opened its embassy in Jerusalem just 50 miles away. The U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, came to Israel's defense, saying no member "would act with more restraint than Israel has".

President Trump's December recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, followed by Monday's relocation of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, was seen by Mahmoud Abbas, the president of the Palestinian Authority, as a betrayal.

Ireland was among several European countries to strongly denounce Israel for opening fire on Palestinian protesters on Monday.

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Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan tweeted that Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu "has the blood of Palestinians on his hands".

Both these resolutions affirm that Jerusalem would be the capital of the future Palestinian State and the State of Israel.

German spokesman Steffen Seibert said the violence "concerns us greatly", but also accused Hamas of cynically escalating the unrest. The number of people who have been killed is much, much higher than any other place, and people do not take into consideration that it is a cover for a terror organization to carry out terrorist actions and destroy the barrier that is supposed to stop the underground tunnels.

Palestinian diplomats say they welcome the Trudeau government's decision not to attend the controversial opening of the new American embassy in Jerusalem on Monday.

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

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