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Israeli Forces 'Kill 25 In Gaza' As Protests Flare Over US Embassy Move To Jerusalem

Israeli forces kill 18, injure over 1000 as Palestinians protest opening of US Embassy

On Monday, tens of thousands of Palestinians rallied near Israel's border fence to protest a blockade of their territory and the move of the U.S. embassy to contested Jerusalem that day. The Palestinian health ministry said that hundreds more were wounded.

At least 55 people were killed by Israeli soldiers as thousands of Palestinians protested near the fenced and well-armed border between Gaza and Israel.

The UN said Israel had a right to defend itself but was strongly critical of its use of lethal force on Palestinians approaching Gaza's fenced perimeter.

The statement was drafted by Kuwait and directly addressed the violence, which was spurred by the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. 'The Hamas terrorist organisation declares it intends to destroy Israel and sends thousands to breach the border fence in order to achieve this goal'.

"Who among us would accept this type of activity on your border?" "Hamas is intentionally and cynically provoking this response", White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah told reporters on Monday.

Two UN diplomats said members could not reach unanimous agreement on a proposed statement, circulated by Kuwait, that would have expressed "outrage and sorrow" over the killings and sought an independent investigation.

"I called my cousin and her son, he was shot in the leg and he was in a bad situation", said El Najjar, standing on the steps of the embassy.

"No matter from what side, whether from the United States or Israel, I curse this humanitarian plight, this genocide", he said.

France's President Emmanuel Macron condemned violence by the Israeli military.

Palestinian officials have called on the global community to intervene against Israel, calling the demonstration a "horrific massacre".

"They've been in office for a year and a half now and they still have not presented what the strategy is", Boyle said.

Sen. Mike Lee of Utah was in Jerusalem on Monday as the United States officially moved its embassy there from Tel Aviv, a controversial shift sparking riots that have already killed more than 40 people.

From withdrawing from the Paris climate accord and more recently the Iran nuclear deal to moving the United States embassy to Jerusalem, the U.S. and Europe no longer see eye-to-eye on key issues almost as often as they did under previous administrations.

"Canada's longstanding position is that the status of Jerusalem can be resolved only as part of a general settlement of the Palestinian-Israeli dispute".

"We continue to implore Israel to show greater restraint", he said.

Israel occupied the West Bank and east Jerusalem in 1967 and later annexed east Jerusalem in a move never recognised by the worldwide community. It effectively annexed the sector, though this was not recognised by any countries until Mr Trump's declaration in December 2017.

The EFF said the South African government should take the lead in the boycott of Israel.

But Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah accused the United States of "blatant violations of global law".

Israel captured East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed it in a move not recognised by the global community.

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