Palestinians Protest Opening Of US Embassy In Jerusalem

Palestinians Protest Opening Of US Embassy In Jerusalem

Palestinians Protest Opening Of US Embassy In Jerusalem

More than 2400 had been wounded in the bloodiest day in the enclave since the 2014 war with Israel, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.

The Israeli military even had to launch airstrikes against Hamas outposts in Gaza where terrorists were firing at Israel Defense Force (IDF) soldiers.

Jacinda Ardern has condemned the "devastating, one-sided loss of life" in Gaza, as the United States opens its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem.

Today, Palestinians mark the "Nakba", or catastrophe, commemorating the more than 700,000 Palestinians who fled or were expelled from their homes in the 1948 war surrounding Israel's creation.

Meanwhile, in Jerusalem, senior US officials and Israeli government leaders gathered for a ceremony marking the relocation of the USA embassy.

Palestinians readied for their own protests yesterday over the embassy's inauguration, including another mass demonstration in the Gaza Strip near the Israeli border.

No Israelis have been killed and the military has faced criticism over the use of live fire. "We will continue to act with determination to protect our sovereignty and citizens", he said.

"Who among us would accept this type of activity on your border?"

Monday's horrific violence in the Gaza Strip, set in contrast to the sight of the son-in-law of U.S. President Donald Trump saying in Jerusalem that the day would be remembered as the beginning of a new peace in the region, was a combination of tragedy and farce. "Hamas is intentionally and cynically provoking this response", White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah told reporters on Monday.

Washington also blocked the adoption of a UN Security Council statement that would have called for an independent probe into the violence.

Britain's minister for the Middle East, Alistair Burt, acknowledged "Israel's right to defend its borders" but also said "the large volume of live fire is extremely concerning".

Turkey followed suit and also recalled their ambassadors to Israel and the United States, calling Monday's events a "massacre".

Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, decried Israel's actions.

Despite the sharp division, both men said they believe peace is possible.

"For many years we failed to acknowledge the obvious".

He added: "We are in Jerusalem and we are here to stay".

"Canada's longstanding position is that the status of Jerusalem can be resolved only as part of a general settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli dispute".

"It certainly doesn't sit within the framework of a two-state solution". It effectively annexed the sector, though this was not recognised by any countries until Mr Trump's declaration in December 2017.

Condemning Israel's "racist aggression on Palestine", the EFF lashed out at governments that associate with the country.

"Jerusalem is an internationally recognised disputed territory, and the fair division of it will be a component of any enduring peace deal".

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