Diplomatic Pressure Mounts on Israel After Gaza Strip Bloodshed

Ibraheem Abu Mustafa  Reuters                   A wounded Palestinian is evacuated during the protest

"We will cross the border and impose new realities like the reality Trump imposed in Jerusalem", he added, referring to President Donald Trump's decision in December to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital and then move the US Embassy there.

This is the largest number of fatalities suffered in one day since the latest round of protests began more than six weeks ago, the Palestinian Ministry of Health announced. The ministry said that in addition, a 9-month-old girl died from tear gas exposure, but medical officials later cast doubt on that claim, saying the infant had a pre-existing medical condition.

Burials are taking place of dozens of people (The Guardian) killed by Israeli forces.

"It's actually the only embassy in Jerusalem‚ all other embassies are in Tel Aviv‚" he said.

"Suddenly my son cried at me that Lolo was weeping and screaming".

Numerous injured Palestinians were young men who were hit by live ammunition, according to British-Palestinian Dr. Ghassan Abu Sitteh, who spoke to CNN from a hospital run by a British charity in Jabaliya camp in northern Gaza.

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Monday marked the biggest showdown in years between Israel's military and Gaza's Hamas rulers along the volatile border.

According to Waxman, a professor of Israel studies at Northeastern University, younger generations of Jews have generally felt more secure in the USA and grown up overwhelmingly liberal and "dovish" in their politics.

Both May and Merkel's governments have called for an independent inquiry into this week's events in Gaza, but the United States has worked to block such proposals in the UN Security Council.

Mabaya said South Africa reiterated its view that the Israeli defence force "must withdraw from the Gaza Strip and bring to an end the violent and destructive incursions into Palestinian territories". The Israeli military said its aircraft had struck 11 "terror targets" in a Hamas military compound Monday and that tanks targeted two Hamas posts. Israel must respect the right to peaceful protest and the principle of proportionality in the use of force.

But French President Emmanuel Macron condemned the "violence of the Israeli armed forces against the protesters" while European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said "we expect all to act with utmost restraint to avoid further loss of life". "Israel, on the other hand, acted against the unarmed demonstrators with sniper fire, live fire that killed and maimed".

In Dublin, Ireland summoned Israel's ambassador to protest.

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Israel said it has the right to protect its border and nearby communities, accusing Gaza's ruling militant group Hamas of carrying out several attacks under the guise of the protests.

The baby's family said Tuesday that Layla had been taken to the area of the protests by relatives in a mix-up and that she was with her grandmother near the border fence when tear gas fell.

It said Gaza activists used 10 explosive devices and firebombs against troops and that shots were fired at soldiers positioned along the border. A photograph showed what the military said was an Israeli battalion commander's armored vehicle pockmarked with Kalashnikov fire.

Israel regards all of the city, including the eastern sector it captured in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed in a move that is not recognised internationally, as its "eternal and indivisible capital".

The way out of the standoff is "a two state solution allowing Palestinians and Israelis to live in peace and security together", he said.

Worldwide consensus has been that the city's status must be negotiated between the two sides, but Trump broke with that to global outrage.

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Relations between Ankara and Washington, two NATO allies, have been deeply strained over the embassy move, disagreements over military deployment in north Syria, and court cases against Turkish and USA nationals in each country. May 14 marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of Israel.

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