Relocation of U.S. embassy to Jerusalem heightens tensions - AU

Larry Hoffman
May 16, 2018

The Israeli Defense Forces fired onto protestors who approached the razor-wire barrier situated between the Gaza Strip and Israel.

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 U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.

"It does not undermine the prospects for peace in any way, and yet, for some, this is supposedly a cause for violence", she said.

"There is an urgent need to establish the facts of what happened yesterday through an independent and transparent investigation, including why such a volume of live fire was used and what role Hamas played in events". "It reflects our sovereign right to decide the location of our embassy".

"The number of people injured by live ammunition is very troubling, and I support calls by the European Union and by the UN Secretary General for an independent and transparent investigation", he said yesterday.

"Who can possibly find words to console the mother of a child that has been killed? Who?"

Prime Minister Theresa May has described the loss of life in Gaza protests as "tragic and extremely concerning" and urged Israel to show restraint.

Speaking to reporters at a White House briefing, Shah also declined to join with other countries, including France and Britain, in calling for Israel to exercise restraint in its response to the protests.

"These were not demonstrations, these were not protests, these were violent riots".

Ankara has reacted with fury to the killing of at least 61 Palestinians in Gaza on the same day as the U.S. formally moved its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv in defiance of global outrage.

Thousands of Gaza residents turned out on Tuesday for the funerals of Palestinians killed by Israeli troops a day earlier, in the bloodiest day for Palestinians since the 2014 Gaza conflict.

Ms Haley said the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem "does not undermine prospects for peace in any way".

Palestinians, who view the eastern part of Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state, were demonstrating against the opening of the new U.S. Embassy.

"We are saddened by deaths + injuries that occurred today + over past weeks".

He spoke moments before the UN Security Council opened an emergency meeting to discuss Israel's mass killing in Gaza which has left at least 61 Palestinians dead, including an eight-month-old baby girl. The country's refusal is in violation of the 1948 United Nations Resolution 194, which resolved that refugees wishing to return to their homes be allowed to do so.

Surrounded by fellow Arab ambassadors to the United Nations, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations Riyad Mansour speaks during a press briefing following a UN Security Council meeting concerning the violence on the Gaza Strip, at United Nations headquarters, May 15, 2018 in New York City. Ahmed Bshara, a student from the Israeli city of Nazareth, said that he had hope for a two-state solution until President Donald Trump was elected. It also recalled its ambassador to Israel.

He added that all members of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) were invited.

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