Israel launches new air raid in Gaza

Palestinian protesters during clashes with Israeli forces along the border with the Gaza strip east of Gaza City on May 11

Palestinian protesters during clashes with Israeli forces along the border with the Gaza strip east of Gaza City on May 11

Last week, the Israeli government said the ongoing border protests constituted a "state of war" in which global humanitarian law did not apply.

But the United Nations human rights office was heavily critical of Israel's use of force.

Gaza City: Fifty-eight unarmed Palestinians were killed and over 2,700 left injured by Israeli troops on Monday during a mass protest, leaving the global community absolutely stunned.

More violence was expected amid simmering tensions last night on the day that marked the 70th anniversary of the start of the first war between the newly created Jewish state and its Arab neighbours in 1948.

The admission came one day after Björn Stritzel, a reporter for the German tabloid BILD, tweeted so-called "martyrdom pictures" of Hamas militants killed in the violence.

Sporadic cross-border fire was a reminder of the situation's unresolved volatility, however.

Foreign ministers from the League meet in the Egyptian capital Cairo on Thursday, with the Palestinians hoping for a united front against Israel and the United States' decisive shift backing its ally.

The tragic scenes overshadowed Mrs May's meeting at 10 Downing Street with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

"If the silence on Israel's tyranny continues, the world will rapidly be dragged into a chaos where banditry prevails", Erdogan said at a dinner in Ankara.

Of the people wounded by Israeli gunfire, four were journalists, officials said.

Hamas said it supported the mass mobilisation of protesters, insisting however it was a peaceful civilian initiative.

On Tuesday, approximately 4,000 people rioted along the border, throwing rocks and Molotov cocktails at Israeli troops on the other side of the fence.

Opposition TDs have called for the ambassador's expulsion after nearly 60 Palestinians were killed and more than 2,700 injured by Israeli forces during protests on Monday.

In all, the Hamas health ministry is claiming 62 people were killed on May 14. "How can Hamas reap the fruits if it pays such an expensive price?" said Salah Bardawil. He did not specify what roles the victims had in the organization, such as whether they were members of the group's armed wing. "Take his word for it".

Every year, Palestinians gather to participate in demonstrations to commemorate the Nakba, often displaying symbolic keys, emblematic of their lost homes.

The director of Shifa's emergency department, which has only 20 beds, said his staff received 500 wounded patients on Monday, almost 20 percent of all the injuries that day across Gaza.

"I can not agree with statements saying that dozens of civilians, including babies, who were killed during these incidents, were terrorists", he said. "I suggest that he not preach morality to us".

The relocation of the United States embassy, which has so far drawn global condemnations, was carried out five months after Trump recognized the holy city as the "capital" of Israel, promising to move the USA diplomatic mission from Tel Aviv to the city. In the ceremony which was held on Wednesday, Morales said that Guatemala was bringing a message of "love, peace and fraternity" to Israel.

The US and Guatemalan moves break with decades of worldwide consensus.

The spokesman added that the government and people of Pakistan stand firmly with the Palestinian people.

The status of Jerusalem is one of the key issues concerning the Israel-Palestine conflict.

The Palestinians see East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state. Trump's move was considered by some as a tacit acceptance of Israel's de facto control over the city, and Palestinian politicians have said that the embassy move demonstrates the U.S.is not an unbiased broker qualified to help steer Middle East peace talks.

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