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Malaysia condemns Israeli violence against Palestinian protesters

16 May 2018

Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, an Israeli military spokesman, said the army had set up additional "layers" of security in and around communities near the border to defend Israeli civilians.

Protests intensified on the 70th anniversary of Israel's founding, with loudspeakers on Gaza mosques urging Palestinians to join a "Great March of Return".

The Palestinian Authority's leader condemned a "massacre".

A Palestinian man uses a slingshot during clashes with Israeli forces along the border with the Gaza strip east of Khan Yunis on May 14, 2018.

Yesterday marked the biggest showdown in recent weeks between Israel's military and Gaza's Hamas rulers along the volatile border.

The Palestinian political camp led by Abbas seeks Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

Khaled Batch, the head of the grassroots organizing committee of the protests, said Tuesday will be a day for funerals.

Palestinian Health Ministry officials said 58 protesters were killed and 2,700 injured by live gunfire, tear gas or other means.

Bozdag said that Turkey held the United States equally accountable for Monday's violence. "Many of them, shot hundreds of metres from the border, and many of them, children".

"Such violence is destructive to peace efforts and we call on all sides to show restraint", she said. Rights groups have said the use of potentially lethal force against protesters who pose no immediate threat to soldiers' lives is unlawful.

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu delivers his speech as USA ambassador to Israel David Friedman listen, during the opening ceremony of the new United States embassy in Jerusalem, May 14, 2018.

Since 1967, Israel has built a dozen settlements, home to about 200,000 Jews, in East Jerusalem.

"I don't think it hurts the peace plan", Shah said.

The large number of wounded placed a new burden on Gaza's already struggling hospitals, where key medicines and surgical supplies were lacking even before the latest bloodshed, in part because of the border closures.

On Monday afternoon, the White House blamed the death toll on the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas.

Palestinians hurled stones and incendiary devices and approached the border fence.

Israeli snipers fired live ammunition at protesters and used tear gas dispersed from drones.

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

Israel warned that it would prevent protesters from breaking the border at any cost.

Mogherini called for a two-state solution to the Israel-Palestinian conflict.

Rep. Steve Russell, another Oklahoma City Republican, called the embassy move a historic and long overdue recognition of reality.

Administration officials have dismissed Palestinian criticism, portraying the embassy opening as an essential step toward an eventual Israeli-Palestinian peace deal.

Following violent clashes at the Gaza Strip during the opening ceremony of the US Embassy in Jerusalem, Palestinian factions now ponder on how to proceed and what should be done in order to make the US leadership change its mind.

"We are rejecting once again this decision which violates worldwide law and which is against United Nations resolutions", he said.

The confluence of events led to split-screen coverage of Monday's embassy unveiling, with US guests led by President Trump's daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, smiling and celebrating inside the embassy as, along the Gaza border, black smoke billowed from burning tires and gunshots rang out in what an IDF spokesperson called a day of "unprecedented violence".

Malaysia condemns Israeli violence against Palestinian protesters