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Turkey and Israel exchange jibes, expulsions in escalating row

Turkey and Israel exchange jibes, expulsions in escalating row

The protest was called to denounce the relocation of the USA embassy to Israel.

But US ambassador Nikki Haley told an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council in NY that the relocation of the embassy had nothing to do with the violence and that Israel had the right to defend itself. On Tuesday, Israeli officials said two dozen had been identified as militants of Hamas or the Islamic Jihad.

South Africa and Turkey recalled their ambassadors to Israel in protest, and Turkey also withdrew its ambassador to the United States.

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. He also stated that the USA embassy was a "new settlement" in Jerusalem, as reported by Israeli daily Haaretz.

ISRAEL AND Hamas have fought three wars in the Gaza Strip over the past decade, and though it may not look like the others, a fourth one is now underway.

Government and opposition parties were united in condemning Israel for the attack and strongly criticizing the USA for its backing of Israel and for the moving of its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the State of Israel.

Hours after Kushner's speech, White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah also claimed that the Palestinian deaths on Monday were "an unfortunate propaganda attempt" by Hamas.

"Who among us would accept this type of activity on your border?"

Israel and the US blamed Hamas, which rules Gaza, for the deaths, saying that Israel was defending its border.

In 2010, Israeli commandos stormed a Turkish-operated passenger vessel, the Mavi Marmara, that was on a course to breach Israel's naval blockade of Gaza.

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Michael Lynk, the UN's special rapporteur on human rights in the Occupied Palestinian Territory condemned Israel's "blatant excessive use of force", describing it as being akin to "an eye for an eyelash".

Elsewhere, Ireland summoned Israel's ambassador to protest against the fatalities while Russian Federation and China also expressed their concern over the killings.

Protesters gathered in front of the U.S. embassy and marched towards the Israeli embassy where the demonstration concluded.

The carnage unfolded several dozen kilometres away from where the Trump administration was following through on its decision to move the USA embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

Protesters set tires ablaze, sending thick plumes of black smoke into the air, and hurled firebombs and stones toward Israeli soldiers across the border.

First, there is a deep-seated hatred of Israel that is seen as an occupying power since its creation 70 years ago, despite the fact the Jewish State was a creation of the United Nations, not a result of some Rhodesia-like Unilateral Declaration of Independence.

Responding on Twitter in English, Erdogan said: "Netanyahu is the PM of an apartheid state that has occupied a defenceless people's lands for 60+ yrs in violation of United Nations resolutions". Killing more Palestinians will not guarantee security and peace Israel desires; allowing the Palestinians a capital in East Jerusalem, east of the Mount of Olives will certainly do. Israeli forces fired tear gas and live fire at Palestinian protesters, killing at least 60, including eight children, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

Netanyahu blamed Hamas for the Gaza violence.

"This step represents a significant bias against the historical, permanent rights of the Palestinian people in Jerusalem", an official statement said.

Nour Al-Emam, a lawyer and member of the Palestine National Council, said the USA was now complicit in the killings of unarmed Palestinians by the Israeli occupiers.