Sunday, 23 September, 2018

UN Mideast envoy condemns violence in Gaza

US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin and US President's daughter Ivanka Trump unveil an inauguration plaque during the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem MENAHEM KAHANA AFP Getty Images
| 16 May, 2018, 14:57

Nakba Day not only honors the displacement of Palestinians, but also advocates for their right to return.

Earlier, the U.S. blocked the UN Security Council motion calling for a probe into the deaths of Palestinians killed in violent clashes with the Israeli forces on the Gaza Strip border.

Thousands of Gaza residents turned out on Tuesday for the funerals of Palestinians killed by Israeli troops a day earlier, in the bloodiest day for Palestinians since the 2014 Gaza conflict.

This year, many Palestinians are using Twitter to share stories passed on by relatives forced to exile 70 years ago using #MyNakbaStory to raise awareness as to why they continue to protest.

Violence in the Gaza Strip shows no sign of abating as at least two Palestinians have been killed and 400 others more injured in fresh cross-border clashes with the Israeli forces in the area.

The Palestinian health ministry said more than 2,700 people had suffered injuries and that numerous dead had not yet been identified.

Some countries, among them South Africa and Turkey, have recalled their ambassadors to Israel over the violence.


Netanyahu profusely praised the Central American nation for making the move and noted it came only two days after the United States opened its embassy in Jerusalem.

Eventually, pro-Palestinian demonstrators took to the streets.

Pierce was echoed by Bolivia's envoy Sasha Llorenty who said that "the unilateral decision by the United States to move its embassy to Jerusalem does nothing but inflame spirits".

This was corroborated on Tuesday by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who blamed Hamas for the dozens of deaths in Gaza for "pushing people to the border".

Alistair Burt, UK Minister for the Middle East, has said the USA needs to show greater understanding of the root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in a rare criticism of Britain's closest ally.

The embassy move, which dramatically underscored U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel s capital, infuriated the Palestinians and was widely criticized, but on Tuesday the Security Council proved unable, once again, to reach consensus.

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