Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Global | By Marsha Munoz

Kenya attends United States embassy move gala as Israel faces outcry over Gaza

Kenya attends United States embassy move gala as Israel faces outcry over Gaza

At least 59 people, including unarmed women and six children, were shot dead while more than 2,700 others were injured by Israeli soldiers during protests over President Donald Trump's controversial relocation of the United States embassy from Tel Aviv, a move that has been praised by Israelis but has enraged Palestinians and the governments of other countries, including in the European Union, and Iran and Russian Federation. The US has long designated both Hamas and PIJ as terrorist organizations.

Former Australian ambassador to Israel Dave Sharma weighed in, tweeting, "Even if we don't move Embassy, we shld [sic] at least consider recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital (w/o prejudice to its final boundaries or potential status as capital of future Palestinian state)".

The remarks made on Wednesday were seized upon by Israel in an attempt to fend off harsh global criticism over the deaths and prove they were orchestrated and led by the Islamist movement Hamas. That percentage might be higher, as it is based on confirmed identifications of terror group membership.

Mr Trump, in a recorded message, said he remained committed to peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

Patientswith gunshot wounds filled wards and hallways in Gaza's under-equipped and overwhelmed hospitals, with dozens still waiting in line for surgery a day after the deadliest day of violence since the 2014 Gaza war.

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There have been numerous calls for an independent investigation into the deaths, with Britain, Germany and Switzerland among those supporting such action. Most live in Jordan, followed by the Gaza Strip, West Bank, Syria, Lebanon and East Jerusalem. You are a woman, go forward, the army does not shoot women. Some burned tires, hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails, floated incendiary kites, and attempted to destroy border fencing.

In response, an Israeli tank destroyed two Hamas observation posts in southern Gaza, according to the IDF. Hamas sent all the trucks back.

The letter asks the administration to reinstate its funding for the United Nations Relief and Work Agency for Palestinian Refugees and to support proposals that build the economy in Gaza and encourage the flow of goods and people in and out of the territory. "I'm troubled by the Trump Administration's response - the US should be working with Israel and the Palestinians to de-escalate violence, to promote human rights, and to help achieve peace".

Funerals are to be held in Gaza for the 58 people killed. "Make no mistake, Hamas is pleased with the results from yesterday".

Palestinian and Turkish leaders called Monday's killings a "massacre" while the United Kingdom and France urged Israel to show restraint.

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There was no immediate response from Egypt to Katz's statements, which Hamas dismissed as false.

President Donald Trump was warned that moving the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem would stoke the coals of conflict in the volatile region.

"The opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem is recognising what we have known all along", he said.

After Trump announced that the USA would move its embassy to Jerusalem at least ten other countries said they meant to follow suit.

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