Gaza buries its dead as death toll from protests rises

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Palestinians were marking a day of mourning Tuesday after Israeli troops killed dozens during protests in Gaza over the controversial opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem.

While President Trump's usual critics are again slamming him for officially moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem Monday, which Congress has repeatedly and overwhelming voted in favor of, Minority Leader Chuck Schumer is offering him some rare praise.

"While Israel has every right to defend itself against threats to the security of its residents and the integrity of its borders, there is no way to justify the use of lethal force against unarmed protesters", said J Street in a statement to the press.

Gunfire rang out over Gaza City on Tuesday as rounds were fired during funeral processions. In Gaza, on the other hand, thousands gathered to infiltrate Israel to commit acts of terror.

Palestinians run away from tear gas shot at them by Israeli forces during a protest in Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank, on May 15, 2018.

Describing the type of injuries, al-Sahabani said most patients were hit in the lower body and limbs, while some were hit in the chest area.

Speaking at the United Nations on Tuesday, US Ambassador Nikki Haley said Hamas would have been "pleased with the results from yesterday" when 60 Gazans were killed, including a baby who died from tear gas inhalation along with eight children under the age of 16. "I took her to the children's hospital and the doctor told me she was martyred (dead)". Ahmed Yousef, a former senior adviser to Haniyeh, said it was likely that Egypt warned Hamas to prevent an escalation.

"Every casualty on the border is a victim of Hamas' war crimes, every death is a result of Hamas' terror activity, and these casualties are exclusively Hamas' responsibility", Danon said in a statement.

Some 4,000 Palestinians took part in rioting along the Gaza border, the Israeli army said, up from 400 who had been demonstrating there earlier in the day, but far less than the 40,000 who clashed with Israeli troops a day earlier. He condemned Monday's "appalling deadly violence". It seized control of Gaza in 2007 from the internationally recognized Palestinian Authority, headed by President Mahmoud Abbas. Turkey is recalling its ambassadors to Washington and Tel Aviv for consultations, according to state-run Anadolu Agency.

She also defended the move of the USA embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, calling it the right thing to do and a reflection of the will of the American people. It was a break with the U.N.'s decade-long stance that Jerusalem's final status must be decided in direct negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians, who seek eastern Jerusalem as a future capital of their own.

Amir Cohen / Reuters An Israeli soldier carries a hose as he walks in a burning field on the Israeli side of the border fence between Israel and Gaza near kibbutz Mefalsim, Israel on Monday. "We will continue to act with determination to protect our sovereignty and our citizens".

Mr Erdogan has called an emergency meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul on Friday to discuss the Gaza violence.

Israel's military says protesters were trying to storm the border fence between Israel and Gaza.

The high casualty toll revived global criticism of Israel's open-fire policies.

The Islamic holy month of Ramadan was to arrive in Gaza just as the Palestinian enclave was rocked by ongoing protests to which Israeli security forces have responded with deadly force, prompting an global outcry over the bloodshed. "But in fact, they are a group deeply divided on many domestic and foreign policy issues, including the path forward on Palestinian relations", Shibley Telhami, a professor at the University of Maryland who directed the center behind the poll, wrote in a Politico report about the poll.

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