But the Hamas official, Salah Bardawil, did not give further details about whether they were members of the group's armed or political wing, or what they were doing at the time they were killed. The protests were also driven by anger over the relocation Monday of the U.S. Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to contested Jerusalem.
Israel accuses Hamas, with whom it has fought three wars since 2008, of seeking to use the demonstrations as cover to carry out violence.
Hamas called on Palestinians to cross the border en masse to coincide with the opening of the American embassy in Jerusalem on Monday. "The death toll alone warrants such a comprehensive inquiry", British Ambassador Karen Pierce said.
UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the European Union have also called for an independent probe.
Parampil also criticizes the overemphasis on the opening of the United States embassy in Jerusalem, obscuring that the protests have largely been driven by Palestinian resistance to more than a decade of Israel's siege of Gaza and 70 years of dispossession since the Nakba, the 1948 ethnic cleansing of Palestine before and after Israel was founded.
A protest was staged at the Arts Lobby of the University of Karachi (KU) against the Israeli aggression towards Palestinians.
The U.S. says it has the right to decide where to put its embassy, and Haley said Tuesday the decision simply recognized "reality".
"We urge all sides to avoid escalation of the situation so as to create a conducive atmosphere to resume the peace process", the statement said.
Now the U.S.is an unlikely facilitator for peace.
"We have sent clear messages to the enemy via many worldwide and regional leaders that if the blockade continues we will not hesitate to use military resistance", he said.
Still, Kuwait's envoy said he planned to propose a council resolution on protecting Palestinian civilians. He didn't immediately give details of his proposal.
"Moving the US embassy to Jerusalem was the right thing to do", Haley added later.
Supporters of Hamas leader Ismail Haniya react during his speech near the border with Israel east of Gaza City on May 15, 2018.
Sarah Leah Whitson, director of Human Rights Watch's Middle East and North Africa division, said in a statement that the "policy of Israeli authorities to fire irrespective of whether there is an immediate threat to life on Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza, caged in for a decade and under occupation for half a century, has resulted in a bloodbath anyone could have foreseen".
Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a military spokesman, said 14 of those killed Monday were actively involved in carrying out attacks.
"Continued crimes committed by Israel without any global response will lead to a new cycle of violence that will affect the region, Europe and the entire world, stressing that the stability of the Middle East is essential for worldwide stability".
Turkey expelled Israel's ambassador and consul general, and several European countries summoned Israeli ambassadors to their foreign ministries for questioning and called for an worldwide investigation.
"How many Palestinians have to die before you take action?"
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