Gaza violence: Fresh protests expected after deadly clashes

Gaza violence: Fresh protests expected after deadly clashes

The relocation of the embassy from Tel Aviv, condemned by Palestinians as blatantly pro-Israel, further dimmed prospects of what President Donald Trump had once touted as plans to negotiate the "deal of the century".

Seven Palestinians were killed and more than 500 were injured on Monday as violence flared at five spots along the border, the Gazan health ministry said.

Eight of the dead, the army said, were armed Hamas militants in civilian clothes who tried to storm the fence in northern Gaza and attacked Israeli forces with grenades and pipe bombs before being killed in a shootout.

Some funerals were held on Monday, while others were taking place Tuesday.

A woman mourns the death of Mohammed Dwedar, a 27 year-old Palestinian killed during clashes along the Gaza border the previous day, in Nusseirat refugee camp in the Gaza Strip on May 15, 2018.

He supports an independent global investigation of events at the Gaza border yesterday. Leading European countries and the United Nations human rights office called for an investigation of the bloodshed.

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

South Africa also recalled its ambassador to Israel, condemning "the indiscriminate and grave manner of the latest Israeli attack". "No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has".

He has called an emergency meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation in Istanbul on Friday to discuss the Gaza violence. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan now holds the rotating chairmanship of the body. "The plain reality that Israel's capital is Jerusalem", he said.

Over 40,000 Palestinians showed up at the border on Monday, said the Israeli military. May defended Israel's right to defend itself, but also called for greater restraint to be exercised.

"The ambassador has been informed of Irish demands for an independent global investigation into yesterday´s deaths led by the United Nations", it added.

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Ian Lee reported from Gaza, and Abeer Salman reported from Jerusalem.

"The act of brutality by Israel with disproportionate use of force in the name of self defence is a clear violation of global law", it said.

Principal deputy press secretary Raj Shah said, "Hamas bears the responsibility", adding, "Look, this is a propaganda attempt".

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

The Palestinian Authority called for an "immediate and urgent global intervention" to stop the "horrific massacre committed by the Israeli Occupational forces against our heroic people", government spokesman Youssef Mahmoud said in a statement.

The Arab League's Permanent Committee on Human Rights on Tuesday called on the International Criminal Court prosecutor to urgently investigate "the crimes of the Israeli occupation" against Palestinians.

A Foreign Office spokesperson, in a statement, said the move represents violation of global law and several United Nations Security Council resolutions, in particular resolutions No. 476 and 478.

"All these cases show that America intends to destroy the global institution of the United Nations", he told parliament on Tuesday.

Palestinians were demonstrating on Monday as they have been for seven weeks, as part of a protest orchestrated in part by Hamas and branded the "Great March of Return".

The huge outpouring of anger on Monday was timed to mark the inauguration of the new U.S. embassy, which has moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem - East Jerusalem is where the Palestinians plan to locate the capital of their future state.

Kuwait drafted a UN Security Council statement calling for an independent inquiry into the violence - and expressing "outrage and sorrow" - but this was blocked by the US.

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