Terrorists ID'ed Among 62 People Killed on Gaza Border

Adjust Comment Print

The federal government of Nigeria has condemned Israel's deadly response to clashes along the border with the Gaza Strip, in which 58 unarmed Palestinian demonstrators were killed.

Israel said it was a warranted response to numerous shooting incidents throughout Wednesday, including machine gun fire, which targeted the city of Sderot in the Southern District of Israel.

Putin and Erdogan also discussed the Syrian settlement and Russian-Turkish cooperation in the energy sector.

The 2,700 people injured included 1,360 by live fire, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. For the past six weeks, Palestinians have been holding Gaza border demonstrations for the return of Palestinian refugees to areas that are now part of Israel. Israelis and Palestinians have envisioned a capital in Jerusalem, and for generations the Americans, the honest brokers in seeking peace, withheld recognition of either side's claims, pending a treaty that through hard compromise would resolve all competing demands.

The Turkish president and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu exchanged furious tweets, and both countries have expelled each other's diplomats.

Israeli troops shot dead dozens of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border on Monday as the United States opened its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem.

//The most surreal element was the willful blindness of Donald Trump in deciding, in order to please his evangelical base, to move the embassy now.

Israel, with United States backing, says Hamas is behind the protests, deliberately provoking violence for propaganda aims.

Men assist a wounded Palestinian during clashes on the Gaza border on Monday
Men assist a wounded Palestinian during clashes on the Gaza border on Monday

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

Hamas's leader in the Gaza Strip, Yahya Sinwar, told Al-Jazeera on Wednesday that the Egyptians "support the right of our people to struggle and the right of return, and stressed their keenness not to allow these marches to degenerate into an armed military confrontation". Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war and later annexed it in a move not recognized internationally. "In fact, the record of several countries here today suggest that they would be less restrained", she said.

"It is outrageous and displays gross double-standards against the Jewish state", they said.

The ministry added: "The Israeli government must stop such use of excessive force against unarmed civilians, including children, and respect the basic human rights of Palestinians as well as worldwide law." .

Marking the move, the Jerusalem municipality illuminated the walls of the Old City walls late Tuesday with flags of Guatemala, Israel and the United States and a message thanking Morales.

Monday's massacre was the bloodiest day in the Gaza Strip since 2014 when Israel attacked the blockaded coastal enclave in a military operation codenamed Operation Protective Edge.

Israeli gunfire "will never make us lose hope to get back our land", said Mohamed Abu el-Majd, 23, whose left leg was fractured.

White House: US still hopeful for North Korea summit
South Korea believes North Korea remains committed to improving relations despite strongly criticizing Seoul over ongoing U.S. However, despite the setback, the White House remains optimistic. "There's been no talk of changing our scope", White said.