Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

Erdoğan says Israeli prime minister has 'blood' on his hands

Erdoğan says Israeli prime minister has 'blood' on his hands

On Monday, global media, quoting the Gaza Health Ministry, said at least 58 people were shot dead by Israeli forces and about 1,113 injured during demonstrations against the embassy relocation as Palestinians prepared to mark 70 years since the Nakba, or catastrophe - the day on which the state of Israel was established on May 15, 1948.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hit back at Erdogan, with a tweeted jibe in Hebrew that as a leading supporter of Palestinian Hamas "there's no doubt he's an expert on terror and slaughter".

Palestinian leaders have called Monday's events a massacre and the Israeli tactic of using live fire against the protesters has drawn worldwide concern and condemnation. "And I will note that the double standard is all too common in this chamber", said U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Gaza.

"We're aware of the reports of continued violence in Gaza today".

He also condemned US President Donald Trump's decision to open an embassy in Jerusalem.

Worldwide condemnation of the killing by Israeli security forces of 60 Palestinians in Gaza intensified yesterday, though the United States praised the "restraint" shown by Israel.

When asked by journalists about the USA stance on the rising death toll, the highest in one day since the 2014 Israeli assault on Gaza, White House Principal Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah responded by saying that "We believe Hamas bears the responsibility". It's for you Irish people to raise your voice and say, "no enough is enough".

"The Hamas terrorist organization has been inciting violence for years, long before the United States made a decision to move our embassy", U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told the council.

Israel and the USA blamed Hamas, which rules Gaza, for the deaths, saying that Israel was defending its border. He also accused the Islamist movement Hamas of taking "the people of Gaza hostage".

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Palestinians envision East Jerusalem as the capital of a state they hope to establish in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

The Palestinians seek Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem as a capital.

That said, let's also note that numerous demonstrators were peaceful.

Palestinians evacuate an injured man during clashes with Israeli Security Forces along the Israel-Gaza border yesterday.

"No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has", the USA ambassador added.

"We urge Israel to show greater restraint".

In Umm al-Fahm, hundreds of Palestinian citizens of Israel marched alongside Arab members of Knesset.

Turkey told Israel's ambassador to leave the country on Tuesday and President Tayyip Erdogan described Monday's bloodshed as genocide and called Israel a terrorist state.

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