Who's to blame for the Gaza violence?

Protests turning deadly

The carnage unfolded several dozen kilometres away from where the Trump administration was following through on its decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

The demonstration was arranged by the Ireland-Palestinian Solidarity Campaign and also marked 70 years since Nakba - or the catastrophe - for Palestinians, the term used to make the events of the 1948 Arab-Israeli War, in which hundreds of thousands fled or were forced from their homes.

In December, the Trump Administration announced that they were moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem breaking with decades of Washington policy.

Following the moving of the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas recalled Palestinian Ambassador to Washington Husam Zomlot on Tuesday, the foreign ministry's statement obtained by Sputnik reads.

Meanwhile, Palestinians protesting at the border of the Gaza strip were being targeted with barrages of tear gas and live gunfire by Israeli forces. Palestinians also consider Jerusalem their capital.

Dozens more people have protested around the world early this week, including in the United States, the United Kingdom, Belgium, Canada and South Africa.

Palestinians had been protesting the opening of the new USA embassy in Jerusalem, the eastern part of which they claim as their own capital. Most of the 59 protesters killed were shot, and more than 2,700 people were injured, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.

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

In a joint statement after the meeting, they said that Hamas needed to avoid "provocations" and violence, but that Israel's military must "exercise maximum restraint" in using lethal force.

"Hamas has attacked the Kerem Shalom crossing, the biggest entry point in Gaza for fuel, food, and medical supplies", said Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN.

Alistair Burt, UK Minister for the Middle East, has said the USA needs to show greater understanding of the root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in a rare criticism of Britain's closest ally.

"Israel has a responsibility to calibrate its use of force, to not use lethal force, except as a last resort, under imminent threat of death or serious injury", he said.

For those who have a problem with the United States operating its embassy in Israel from Jerusalem, Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has a message, "Take it up with God, He did this". "No, you are not right", Erdogan said.

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



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