Hamas to Blame for Deadly Gaza Violence: White House

World       by Dawood Rehman | Published

At least 60 Palestinians have been killed and 2,000 injured after the Israeli Defence Force (IFD) opened fire on protestors at the Gaza border yesterday. It said troops shot and killed three Palestinians trying to plant a bomb.

Germany, Belgium and Ireland called for an investigation of the violence.

"We closely followed the Zionist occupation army's violence against Palestinian demonstrators", Al-Qaradaghi told Anadolu Agency on Tuesday.

Violence erupted as tens of thousands of Palestinians held angry demonstrations at the Israel-Gaza border.

The UK said "the large volume of live fire is extremely concerning" but said protests must be peaceful.

Tuesday was to have been the climax of six weeks of protests in Gaza meant to dramatize their refugee status on the day Palestinians mark the "nakba", or "catastrophe", of their displacement by Israel's 1948 creation. Only dozens, however, turned out.

In addition to Tuesday's protests, dozens of funerals will also take place, while a general strike has been called in Gaza and the occupied West Bank.

"As we have seen from protests in the last month, and even today, those provoking violence are part of the problem and not part of the solution", Kushner had said at the opening ceremony of the embassy in Jerusalem.

The massive clashes coincide with a ceremony in Jerusalem marking the controversial inauguration of the USA embassy in the holy city. The juxtaposition of violence on the Gaza border and festivities attended by a high-powered Trump administration delegation - captured on split screens in TV broadcasts around the world - briefly drew attention to the plight of Gaza and its 2 million people. The group has led weekly protests near the border with Israel since late March.

Some 1,360 Palestinians were wounded by gunshots, 130 of whom were in serious or critical condition, the ministry said.

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"Israel is a sovereign nation with the right like every other sovereign nation to determine its own capital, yet for many years, we failed to acknowledge the obvious, the plain reality that Israel's capital is Jerusalem", Trump said in the pre-recorded remarks.

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"It is not acceptable to say that ´this is Hamas and therefore this is OK´", Colville added, in an apparent dismissal of Israel´s justification for the high casualty levels among Palestinians in clashes along the flashpoint border.

Israel faced growing backlash Tuesday.

Thousands of Palestinians protested near Gaza's border with Israel, as Israel prepared for the festive inauguration of a new U.S. Embassy in contested Jerusalem.

The Israeli PM responded in a statement: "Erdogan is among Hamas's biggest supporters and there is no doubt that he well understands terrorism and slaughter".

Turkey expelled Israel's ambassador, and several European countries called for an worldwide investigation.

"Most sub-Saharan African countries would never do anything that might jeopardise donor funding from Israel or the United States", tweeted another.

Ambassador Eitan Na'eh was ordered to leave "for a while", the Turkish Foreign Ministry said, a day after Ankara recalled its envoy from Israel.

The Palestinian Authority's leader condemned the action as a "massacre" and the United Nations has called it "outrageous human rights violations".

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Twitter Erdogan was in no position to "preach morality to us" because he supported the Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas which rules Gaza.

The UN rights office said it seemed any Palestinian protesting in Gaza, regardless of whether they pose an imminent threat, is "liable" to be killed by Israeli forces.

"It seems that anyone is liable to be shot dead". Haley said, referring to some protestors attempting to storm Israel's border.

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