UN Mideast envoy condemns violence in Gaza

16 May, 2018, 14:59 | Author: Shannon Aguilar
  • Protests turning deadly

Hundreds of pro-Palestinian demonstrators gathered outside San Francisco's Israeli Consulate on Tuesday to protest U.S. support for Israel, the moving of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem - which Israel views as its capitol - and the violence and death that resulted from that.

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of "massacres", while Amnesty International called the violence an "abhorrent violation" of human rights.

"They don't like the situation where so many Palestinians might be killed, and they have very good relations with us", he said.

"They had clear instructions to bring a weapon - a knife or a gun - and force their way across the border, not use them unless there was need to capture Israeli soldiers and residents", Baror said.

"These killings - we always say they are not warranted".

Notably, Kenya was among 21 countries that failed to vote at the UN General Assembly in a resolution aimed at condemning Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. "It's really an unfortunate incident now that we have people killed, but they were not supposed to be killed ... if relevant United Nations resolutions were followed", Nandi-Ndaitwah noted.

She stressed that Russia's position on Jerusalem remains unchanged and that Moscow stands for a two-state solution.

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Chairperson of AU Commission, Moussa Mahamat, on Tuesday, said the relocation of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem can only further heighten tension in the region.

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".

Palestinian officials accused Israel of committing a "horrific massacre" and called on the global community to immediately intervene.

It is considered to be the deadliest day in Gaza since the 2014 Israel-Gaza clashes.

South African ambassador Sisa Ngombane was recalled after International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu made contact with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about possibly delaying America's move.

US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley, for her part, defended Israeli troops' actions and blamed Hamas for the violence on Gaza's border with Israel.

The United Nations General Assembly rejected by a huge majority the USA recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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