Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Finance | By Jaime Brady

More Protests Along Palestinian Border

More Protests Along Palestinian Border

Briefing the Security Council, Mladenov said that Monday was "a day of tragedy" for the people in Gaza, referring to the bloody clashes near the border fence with Israel.

On Monday, Palestinians all over the world commemorated the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, or Catastrophe: the systematic eviction of more than 700,000 Palestinians from their homes and communities before and in the aftermath of the State of Israel's Declaration of Independence on May 14, 1948. Therefore, she maintained, the decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem put in serious jeopardy the two-state solution.

Deputy Ambassador Michael Baror said they were sorry for the loss of lives, and added that their problem is with the regime, not Palestinians.

Eventually, pro-Palestinian demonstrators took to the streets. One Israeli soldier was wounded.

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.

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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".

The United Nations resolutions are based on the following principles: A Palestinian State and an Israeli State based on the 1967 lines; Jerusalem as the capital of both States; an end to the illegal Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories; and the return of Palestinian refugees. Ankara also recalled its envoy to the USA for "consultations".

He strongly condemned the disproportionate use of force by the Israeli army, which resulted in the killing of more than 50 Palestinian demonstrators, while many more were injured.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales were among officials attending an inauguration ceremony at the new embassy at an office park in the disputed city at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

In December past year, the African Union retaliated their support for Palestine in its quest for an independent and sovereign State with East Jerusalem as its capital.

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