Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

U.S. embassy in Jerusalem opens amid violence: 4 essential reads

U.S. embassy in Jerusalem opens amid violence: 4 essential reads

It took control of Gaza in a 2007 conflict that followed controversial elections in 2006, dividing it from the Palestinian Authority, which is run by the left-wing Fatah party.

Palestinian protestors gather along the border fence with Israel on Monday.

The legislation, which became law in 1995, contained a clause that allowed presidents to postpone its enactment to protect national security.

In the West Bank, Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas declared a general strike on Tuesday after accusing Israel of "massacres".

The SNP's Stephen Gethins said the United States decision to move its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem was "reckless and irresponsible" and asked if ministers agreed it had "stoked tensions" there.

Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem is not recognised internationally and, according to the 1993 Israel-Palestinian peace accords, the final status of Jerusalem is meant to be discussed in the latter stages of peace talks. Israeli and USA officials gathered in the city amidst deadly clashes in the Gaza Strip.

Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar has joined at least one of the weekly protests against the blockade; he was seen again on Monday.

Both May and Merkel's governments have called for an independent inquiry into this week's events in Gaza, but the U.S. has worked to block such proposals in the UN Security Council.

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Mabaya said the attack on Palestinians also resulted in scores of citizens reportedly injured.

Numerous dead and wounded in Gaza were hit by sniper-fire, the health ministry said.

Germany said Israel had the right to defend itself but should do so proportionately.

The U.N. human rights office said, "It seems anyone is liable to be shot dead or injured: women, children, press, first responders, bystanders, and at nearly any point up to 700 meters from the fence".

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

"The mere fact of approaching a fence is not a lethal, life-threatening act, so that does not warrant being shot", rights office spokesman Rupert Colville told reporters in Geneva.

"It seems anyone is liable to be shot dead or injured: women, children, press personnel, first responders, bystanders", he told a United Nations briefing Tuesday in Geneva.

The White House on Monday blamed the Palestinian militant group Hamas for deadly violence on Israel's border with Gaza where Israeli troops fatally shot dozens of Palestinian protesters.

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Funerals began on Tuesday for some of the 58 people killed, coinciding with the day Palestinians call the "Nakba", or "catastrophe", which commemorates more than 700,000 Palestinians who fled or were expelled from their homes in the 1948-49 war surrounding Israel's creation.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised Trump's "bold decision" in upending decades of USA policy by recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Netanyahu defended his military, saying: "Every country has an obligation to defend its borders".

A six-week campaign of border protests dubbed "The Great March of Return" has revived calls for refugees to have the right of return to their former lands, which now lie inside Israel. Some of the demonstrators have attempted to cross the border and damage the fence that rests along it.

Most of the dead were killed by Israeli fire near the border.

Gaza hospitals are over-crowded and in desperate need of blood and medicine.

She wanted a discussion with him for a couple of weeks, but they kept missing each other.

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