Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

Israeli military sends aid to Gaza

Israeli military sends aid to Gaza

Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he speaks Wednesday during the dedication ceremony of the Guatemala Embassy in Jerusalem, Israel.

Earlier, Pakistan has expressed full support for any move of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation to highlight the plight of the Palestinians, besides deploring the UN Security Council failure to slam brutalities of Israeli forces along Gaza border.

On Monday 14 May, some sixty protesters, mostly young men and boys, were said to have been killed and seventeen hundred wounded during the clashes.

The Israeli government has described the events as an assault on Israel's sovereignty, while failing to address the reality that has led to the mass protest - 50 years of occupation and over 10 years of closure.

In addition to the death toll of 61, more than 2,500 Palestinians suffered physically after instigating the violent clash.

"Hamas is exclusively responsible for the events transpiring in and out of Gaza, and is accountable for all terrorist activity emanating from Gaza targeting Israeli civilians and Israeli sovereignty", the IDF said.

60 Palestinians, triggering a wave of worldwide condemnation.

Israel accuses Hamas, with whom it has fought three wars since 2008, of seeking to use the demonstrations as cover for violence.

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It was the first nation to join the United States in making the move and formally recognizing the contested city as Israel's capital, and brought Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a list of prominent USA delegates.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki said Wednesday that he has asked the ICC for an appointment to deliver a "state party referral" of a case against Israel.

Most countries keep their embassies in Tel Aviv, saying the status of the holy city should be decided in peace talks between Israel and Palestinians, which want to have their own capital there.

Maliki also said members of the Arab League, whose foreign ministers gathered in Cairo on Thursday for an extraordinary meeting to discuss the issue, should summon USA ambassadors "to remind them of the Arab rejection of the US embassy's transfer to Jerusalem".

Omar Shakir, the local director for Human Rights Watch, said that if they were unarmed, the identity of the slain protesters and their affiliation to a militant group has little to do with Israel's right under worldwide law to use lethal force at a demonstration.

Israel occupied the West Bank and east Jerusalem in 1967 and later annexed east Jerusalem in a move never recognised by the global community.

Israel regards all of Jerusalem as its capital.

The fresh violence in Gaza on Monday, when Israel's army killed 60 Palestinians during protests, came as the United States formally moved its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

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