Hamas plans further protests as it rejects medical supplies from Israel

AnalysisMay 15 2018 12:01am The Times Jerusalem embassy Trump’s new approach creates further division Richard Spencer Middle East Correspondent

AnalysisMay 15 2018 12:01am The Times Jerusalem embassy Trump’s new approach creates further division Richard Spencer Middle East Correspondent

Since the inception of the protests - which led up to Nakba day on May 15 (the day Palestinians observe as the start of their "catastrophe" of displacement) - the Israeli government has sought to portray them as being organized by Hamas.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the European Union have previously called for an independent probe, with 116 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces since a campaign of protests on the Gaza-Israel border was launched on March 30. "And we understand that Israel has a right to defend itself", the spokesman replied.

The bloodiest day for Palestinians in years has created a diplomatic crisis.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called the Israeli actions "massacres".

Israel's Foreign Ministry summoned Turkey's temporary charge d'affaires in Tel Aviv, Umut Deniz, on May 16.

Meanwhile, In a similar development, The Palestinian Authority has also recalled its envoys to Romania, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria after their ambassadors attended an Israeli reception marking the U.S. embassy's move to Jerusalem.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel had tallied similar numbers to Hamas', and "won't let those who call for our destruction to breach our borders and to threaten our communities".

"Hamas terrorists, backed by Iran, have incited attacks against Israeli security forces and infrastructure", Nikki Haley, US envoy to the United Nations, said at a UN Security Council meeting on Tuesday.

On Monday, Israel was bludgeoned with criticism over the violence at the Gaza border and the dozens of Gazans who were killed near the security fence. No casualties were reported by either side.

Describing the type of injuries, al-Sahabani said most patients were hit in the lower body and limbs, while some were hit in the chest area. Their goal-and they've said it publicly-is to destroy Israel.

The Israeli military also released a video of civilians claiming that Hamas had forced people to rush the border wall toward Israel.

"At one point, we had 500 cases arrive at once", al-Sahabani said. "They control the Gaza strip and everything that happens there goes through them".

"The blockade of Gaza is inhumane and must end", he added. "No one would." Haley said.

"Vietnam maintains the consistent position of supporting the just struggle of the Palestinian people and the two-State solution with the establishment of a State of Palestine that co-exists in peace with the State of Israel, along the pre-1967 border and with East Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine", the spokesperson said.

The protests, which have seen unsuccessful attempts to break through the fence, have dwindled since Monday, and the start of the Islamic holy month of Ramadan on Thursday may further dampen interest. The factions said the fasting would be taken into account but marches would continue through early June. But the USA leader said the United States "remains committed to a lasting peace agreement" between Israel and the Palestinians. Israel disputes this and says some of those killed were firing at its troops.

On Wednesday, a Hamas official said that 50 of the Palestinians who died during the border struggle were Hamas affiliates.

Israeli officials quickly seized upon his remarks.

South Africa's Julius Malema has condemned African countries for attending the opening of the United States embassy in Jerusalem. Paraguay is slated to do the same next week.

"We are facing a state of blatant aggression against worldwide law and legitimacy which was embodied by the U.S. embassy's transfer in the occupying state to Jerusalem", said Abul Gheit. Those talks have been stalled since 2014.

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