Two more Palestinians shot dead by Israeli troops in Gaza


Palestinian demonstrators run for cover from Israeli fire and tear gas during a protest against the US embassy move to Jerusalem at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip, May 14, 2018.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu hit back at Erdogan, with a tweeted jibe in Hebrew that as a leading supporter of Palestinian Hamas "there's no doubt he's an expert on terror and slaughter".

But the Israeli ambassador to the UK, Mark Regev, this morning defended the use of force as "measured" and "surgical". "And I will note that the double standard is all too common in this chamber", said U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley during an emergency meeting of the U.N. Security Council on Gaza.

Kuwait's Ambassador Mansour al-Otaibi and other ambassadors widely criticized the US move at the meeting, saying it has the potential to ignite even more violence in an already unstable region.

Amidror said he believes Israel "briefed the Americans, and others, and the Americans are more open to understand Israel's need to defend itself than the Europeans; we know it, and we have to live with it".

"We know that the only way forward is through direct negotiations between Palestinians and Israelis to get to a two-state solution", said Trudeau. The group had organized the action weeks ago to respond to the embassy move, but the protest took on a different tone as demonstrators learned of the mounting death toll in Gaza, which was "really horrific", an organizer said. "No, you are not right", Erdogan said.

But US ambassador Nikki Haley told an emergency session of the United Nations Security Council in NY that the relocation of the embassy had nothing to do with the violence and that Israel had the right to defend itself.

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Jerusalem's status is perhaps the thorniest issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

"It is unthinkable that while people are drinking champagne in Jerusalem, others are dying in Gaza", Noga Malkin, an activist with the left-wing movement Standing Together, said to the crowd.

Notably, Kenya was among 21 countries that failed to vote at the UN General Assembly in a resolution aimed at condemning Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. "These demonstrations are nothing new", Nauert said.

At a UN Security Council meeting, Palestine insisted Israel had committed a war crime by firing at the protesters, while Hamas - the rulers of Gaza - was accused of using civilians as "human shields".

"Let's call for restraint on both sides given where we're at".

Turkey's government on Tuesday ordered the Israeli ambassador to leave the country, retaliating for Israel's killing of dozens of Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip and underscoring the growing worldwide fallout from the bloodshed.