Published: Tue, May 15, 2018
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

The Heat: Deadly clashes in Gaza as United States opens Jerusalem embassy

The Heat: Deadly clashes in Gaza as United States opens Jerusalem embassy

It was the deadliest day of violence along the Israel-Gaza border since the 2014 war.

According to the Gaza's Ministry of Health, at least 90 demonstrators have been killed and more than 11,000 wounded by Israeli forces since protests began on March 30.

Separately, Mrs May called for "restraint" and criticised the move, but avoided Mr Erdogan's direct condemnation.

"The South African government condemns in the strongest terms possible the latest act of violent aggression carried out by Israeli armed forces along the Gaza border", the department of worldwide relations and cooperation (Dirco) said in a statement.

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said "we expect all to act with utmost restraint to avoid further loss of life".

Egyptian Foreign Minister Sameh Shoukry said that the United States decision on Jerusalem contradicted worldwide resolutions and did not fall within the framework of the agreements reached between the Palestinian Authority and Israel.

Jerusalem's status is perhaps the thorniest issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But his contentious decisions in the Middle East are roiling a region where USA administrations have traditionally sought perhaps their biggest diplomatic prize: an elusive peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.

Addressing dignitaries at the Foreign Ministry, including U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and the president's daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, the Israeli prime minister urged others to follow Washington's lead.

Several of the groups were trying to breach the border at multiple crossing sites, and three were killed after the Israeli Defense Forces found them trying to plant explosives along the border fence. "And the truth is that Jerusalem has been, and always will be, the capital of the Jewish people, the capital of the Jewish state".

CGTN's Yael Lavie reports from Jerusalem.

The US embassy move from Tel Aviv has added further fuel to Palestinian anger.

Iran, which is locked in a diplomatic and military confrontation with Israel over its presence in Syria, called it "a day of shame".

As protests turned violent on the border of Israel and the Gaza Strip, mainstream media proved it is no friend to America's staunchest ally in the Middle East.

"Every country has an obligation to defend its borders", he wrote on Twitter. "We will continue to act with determination to protect our sovereignty and our citizens".

They also included a medic and a man in a wheelchair who had been pictured on social media using a slingshot.

The military said its troops came under fire in some areas, and said protesters tried to break through the border fence.


Throughout the day sirens of ambulance vehicles carrying casualties to hospitals were nearly non-stop.

Ruiz said the provenance of Jerusalem is something that should be negotiated between Israel and the Palestinians.

In December, Trump and the United States chose to "finally recognize the truth: That Jerusalem is the capital of Israel".

"Any loss of life is tragic in these circumstances", Mr Turnbull told 3AW radio on Tuesday. "At the request of the Department of State, and in coordination with host nations, the Department of Defense has deployed additional Marine Security Guards to several USA embassies for the goal of temporarily augmenting security", Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr.

"Today will go down in the history as Bloody Monday for Muslims and Islamic countries", Bozdag said.

"It's not helpful for a two-state solution for there to be unilateral declarations in respect to that contested territory".

In the decades since 1967, worldwide consensus has been that the city's status must be negotiated between the two sides, but Trump broke with that to global outrage.

Why is the embassy move so controversial?

But there is not much they can do with this solidarity as it is not strong enough to reverse the US decision. Regional power Turkey accused Israeli security forces of carrying out a massacre and said the U.S. Embassy move had encouraged them. A resident of Ottawa for the past 19 years, she said she is fearful for her relatives in Gaza.

Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations, speaks during a press encounter at the UN headquarters in New York, May 14, 2018.

One clear loser, veterans of Israeli-Palestinian talks said, was peace in the region, which seemed ever more distant.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop expressed deep regret and sadness over the deaths and injuries.

Trump, who addressed the embassy opening via video message, had pledged to jumpstart a moribund peace process.

The following day, 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.

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