Turkey's Erdogan slams Netanyahu, calls Israel an 'apartheid state'

16 May, 2018, 12:48 | Author: Katrina Soto
  • Palestinian protesters burn tires near the Israeli border fence east of Khan Younis in the Gaza Strip Monday

Monday was also the 70th commemoration of the creation of Israel‚ a happy day for most Israelis‚ and which coincided with the opening of a new United States embassy in the city of Jerusalem‚ a holy place for the Jewish‚ Muslim and Christian faiths.

"Given the indiscriminate and grave manner of the latest Israeli attack‚ the South African government has taken a decision to recall Ambassador Sisa Ngombane with immediate effect until further notice‚" the Dirco statement said. Prayers were followed by parades of Palestinians carrying flag-wrapped bodies high above their heads, chanting on the way to the cemetery.

A letter to Secretary General Antonio Guterres from 10 members of the 15-member council coincided with the bloodiest single day for Palestinians since 2014.

Government, on Monday, announced its decision to withdraw its Ambassador to Israel following the killing of Palestinian protestors at the Gaza border.

Violence is expected to pick up again Tuesday when Palestinians commemorate the Nakba, or the catastrophe, which is how they refer to their May 14, 1948, displacement amidst creation of the state of Israel.

Palestinians have been protesting for the past six weeks as part of the "March of Return", a demonstration calling for the right of Palestinian refugees and their descendants to return to areas that are today part of Israel. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Monday's confrontations were "the determined action of the IDF and the security forces prevented a breach into Israel's borders". "In response, the Hamas terror operatives opened fire at them".

"No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has", she added.

The US blocked on Monday a call for an independent inquiry into the Gaza-border violence. Heyam added: 'The doctor told me she was martyred.' The shootings came amid global uproar over the Israeli military's use of deadly force against unarmed protesters.

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In a phone call with Abbas, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan "condemned the attacks and wished Allah's mercy to all martyrs", according to the official Anadolu news agency.

"We will also act through the United Nations and we have given our support to the United Nations secretary general in his call for an independent investigation in to this matter". The UN Security Council plans to meet to discuss the situation. They came to express their despair - as generations of Palestinians have.

It also reaffirmed United Nations resolutions on the status of Jerusalem, saying that recent events had "no legal effect" under global law.

"Israel is trying to impose its occupation and policy over Palestinians, but we will not accept that", Qawasmi said.

Weeping helplessly, a mother cradles her lifeless eight-month-old daughter yesterday - an apparent victim of Israeli tear gas - as a picture emerged of a double amputee using a slingshot against troops.

The IDF alleged some protesters threw rocks and Molotov cocktails, and burned tires. May defended Israel's right to defend itself, but also called for greater restraint to be exercised.

Global condemnations poured in after the death toll reached 60.

Turkey's Health Minister Ahmet Demircan said on Tuesday that the country's hospitals will treat Gazan Palestinians wounded in the border clashes.

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