Haley to UN: Gaza violence not connected to US embassy move

Haley to UN: Gaza violence not connected to US embassy move

Israeli troops fatally shot dozens of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border as the Trump administration opened the U.S. Embassy to Israel in Jerusalem.

But French President Emmanuel Macron condemned the "violence of the Israeli armed forces against the protesters" while European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said "we expect all to act with utmost restraint to avoid further loss of life".

Politicians and dignitaries including Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner watched as US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin unveiled the US seal, turning what was formally the consulate building into the Embassy.

On March 30, Palestinians launched the Great March of Return protests near the Gaza Strip border demanding that refugees be allowed to return to their homes - the territory now occupied by Israel.

"We continue to hope for peace and longtime stability between Israelis and Palestinians", he added, "but the USA could no longer wait to do the right thing in recognizing the nation's rightful capital". The United Nations Security Council is expected to convene for an emergency meeting on Tuesday to discuss the killing, following the request of Kuwait.

Philadelphia, for the first time in the city's history, raised the Israeli flag over City Hall on the 70th anniversary of Israel's Independence Day.

Palestinians want East Jerusalem as their future capital. "Jerusalem is a Palestinian territory, and according to worldwide law, Jerusalem should be under global law until both parties agree to divide it into (two) capitals or what", said Jamal Hamed, president of the Association of Palestinian Arab Canadians. No Israeli casualties have been reported.

"Rather, the violence comes from those who reject the existence of the state of Israel in any location", Haley said.

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At a gathering point east of Gaza City, organisers urged demonstrators to burst through the fence, telling them Israeli soldiers were fleeing their positions, even as they were reinforcing them.

The UK, France, and Germany have responded more forcefully to the violence than the USA and have expressed concern about Israel's response to the demonstrations against the new United States embassy in Jerusalem.

"In this moment, wisdom and courage would be needed to go back to negotiations for a political solution, for the sake of both the Israeli and the Palestinian people, and the entire region", she said.

Palestinian Health Ministry officials said 55 protesters were killed and more than 2,700 injured either by live gunfire, tear gas or other means.

Along the Gaza border, crowds built throughout the day in the Palestinian enclave less than 100 km away from Jerusalem and sealed off from Israel by a blockade.

Zarif described the USA embassy move and massacring of Palestinians as "a day of great shame".

The Gaza border with Israel was much quieter on Tuesday as Palestinians marked "Nakba", or catastrophe day, as the death toll from Monday's shootings rose to 60 overnight.

Israel regards all of the city, including the eastern sector it captured in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed in a move that is not recognized internationally, as its "eternal and indivisible capital".

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