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Egypt Admonishes Hamas Leader Over Gaza Riots

17 May 2018

Fifty-eight people were killed and 2,700 people were wounded in the riots.

Egyptian officials had allegedly pressured Hamas into scaling down the protest rallies on the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, according to Israeli media reports.

"Medical facilities are buckling under the strain of additional casualties", he said. "Hamas is exclusively responsible for the events transpiring in and out of Gaza", the IDF spokesman stated.

The attack was retaliation for machine gun fire that caused property damage in the Israeli town of Sderot, Israel Defense Forces said.

"The Israeli army struck targets belonging to Hamas in the northern Gaza Strip, including terrorist infrastructure and weapons-making facilities", the military said in a statement.

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There have been several public protests all over Turkey, some of which were in front of the US and Israeli embassies and consulates, since an official three days of mourning was announced on Monday.

Gaza medics said two Palestinians were shot dead during Tuesday's demonstrations along the 51km border.

Monday's demonstration had coincided with Israel's 70th anniversary - an event Palestinians refer to as "The Catastrophe" - and the relocation of Washington's embassy to Jerusalem, which also took place Monday.

Gaza analyst Akram Attallah, noting the smaller number of protesters since Monday's deaths, said: "I can see there is a retreat because of the Israeli bloody response. but Friday will represent an indicator to where things are going".

Countries including Russia, Turkey, Kuwait and Britain have all spoken out against the killings.

Egypt Admonishes Hamas Leader Over Gaza Riots