Thursday, 19 July, 2018

Gaza officials: Israeli fire kills 2 protesters

Palestinian protesters burn tires during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel Palestinian protesters burn tires during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel
Deanna Wagner | 16 May, 2018, 10:46

Kuwait, which requested Tuesday's meeting, had tried to get council members to sign on Monday to a statement that would have demanded that all countries comply with a decades-old Security Council resolution that called on them not to have embassies in contested Jerusalem.

"I ask my colleagues here in the Security Council: Who among us would accept this type of activity on your border?" Haley says the boundaries of the city are still up for negotiation.

"No one would. No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has", she added.

More than 60 people were killed in protests near the Gaza-Israel border when the embassy opened on Monday. The move to Jerusalem upended decades of USA policy toward Jerusalem.

Mariam al-Ghandour, 17, said her daughter, Leila, died after a mix-up led to her being taken to a flashpoint in Gaza during protests.

"The Trump Administrations is now part of the problem".

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 US nationals in each country.

"The Hamas terrorist organization has been inciting violence for years, long before the United States chose to move our embassy", she said. The Palestinians seek Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem as a capital.

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United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres says that Monday's killing of more than 50 people on the Gaza border shows the need for a political solution to the conflict.

"This can't be a community that supports violence and occupation", she said.

While numerous Palestinian protesters on Monday were peaceful, we saw some hurling rocks and burning tires.

"They did not have mercy on a girl, they threw gas bombs at her, they killed her with tear gas". "It reflects our sovereign right to decide the location of our embassy". Critics fear that moving the U.S. Embassy is an effective endorsement of Israeli claims that the city will be the "undivided" capital of Israel, despite the fact that 300,000 Palestinians, who are deprived of basic civil and human rights, live in East Jerusalem. "All the world would hope that it would be done so in a peaceful manner, but when you have a terrorist organization in front of you, that is historically and continuing to use violence, that makes it very tough".

Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon defended the use of force, calling the events at the border "violent riots".

Mr Howlin said the Government should be seeking to act alongside the European Union but if that isn't possible then we "have to consider what we do independently".

He added that the US administration chose not to have any role in the peace process by choosing Israel's side.

He supports an independent global investigation of events at the Gaza border yesterday.