A Palestinian has been killed in yet more bloodshed on the Gaza strip today as the US ambassador to the UN today insisted ally Israel has acted with restraint in the face of provocation from Hamas.
Thousands of Palestinians gathered to bury their dead today after 60 people were killed ‘including a baby who breathed in tear gas’ during protests over the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem on Monday.
The violence continued today amid reports a 51-year-old, named as Nasser Ghorab had been hit by Israeli fire east of Bureij in the central Gaza Strip.
But this afternoon, the US ambassador to the United Nations told an emergency Security Council meeting on the violence in Gaza, that ally Israel had acted with restraint in the face of provocation from Hamas.
‘No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has,’ Nikki Haley told the Security Council. ‘In fact the records of several countries here today suggest they would be much less restrained,’ she said.
Among the dead yesterday was a Palestinian baby named as Leila al-Ghandour who, her family claim, died as a result of inhaling tear gas in a camp a few hundred yards from the border.
The eight-month-old’s mother Mariam, 17, said she had left the baby with her young brothers when she went to a dental appointment. But when the infant started crying uncontrollably, one of the boys mistakenly took her to a protest encampment near the broder believing Mariam was there.
Eventually he found his own mother in the camp and, although they only stayed a few minutes, the area was targeted by tear gas, the distraught family claimed. They fled from the scene but by the time they had reached hospital, the baby had died, they said.
Yesterday’s violence has sparked international alarm British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson warning ‘there has got to be restraint in the use of live rounds’ and Russia saying the deaths have prompted their ‘deepest concern’. The UN, meanwhile, said it now ‘seems anyone is liable to be shot dead’ in Gaza.
A wounded Palestinian demonstrator is evacuated during a protest marking the 70th anniversary of Nakba, at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip today
There were renewed clashes between Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers today – this time in Beit El, near Ramallah
This afternoon, the US ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley told an emergency Security Council meeting on the violence in Gaza, that ally Israel had acted with restraint in the face of provocation from Hamas
A drone unleashes a series of tear gas canisters as Israeli forces attempt to clear protesters in Huzaa village of Khan Yunis
Protests continued on the Gaza border today though they were far fewer in number. A man is pictured shielding his eyes from tear gas
Drones have been used increasingly by Israeli forces to drop tear gas in an attempt to disperse protesters. This was the scene in Jabaliya in the northern Gaza Strip
A Palestinian demonstrator holds a sling during a protest marking the 70th anniversary of Nakba, near the Jewish settlement of Beit El, near Ramallah, in the West Bank today
On a tense day in the region, Israeli soldiers could be seen taking position during clashes with Palestinian protesters in the West Bank city of Hebron
This Palestinian protester used a sling shot to hurl back a tear gas canister after it was launched towards him by Israeli troops
Caught in the crossfire: Medics escort a wounded photojournalist from the conflict zone in Bethlehem, West Bank
Israeli border police take up positions during clashes Beit El, near Ramallah, West Bank. Violent scenes unfolded during a Palestinian protest marking the 70th anniversary of Nakba
Monday was the deadliest single day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since a 2014 war between the Jewish state and Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas.
But Israel’s ambassador to the UK, Mark Regev, defended yesterday’s use of force claiming it was ‘measured’, ‘surgical’ and that the ‘goal’ of Hamas was ‘to kill Israeli citizens’.
He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘We didn’t want to see this violence in Gaza and we did everything we could to avoid it. We dropped leaflets urging people not to attack the border, we used social media, we used radio and television broadcasts, we didn’t want to see this violence.
He denied it was a case of protesters ‘throwing the odd rock’, adding that ‘you have got people charging the border fence with wire cutters, with explosives, with molotov cocktails, with other weapons.
‘Their goal is clear and Hamas has articulated the goal. The leader of Hamas here [Yahya] Sinwar said our goal is to breach the border, to get inside Israel and to kill Israeli citizens. He said openly we want to tear out their hearts.’
Regev added: ‘I reject that this was somehow a spontaneous protest. If people want to protest against Israel inside Gaza, of course they can do so … but we are talking about people storming the border with the idea to damage the border fence to come into Israel and hurt our people on our side of the frontier.
Family members said Laila al-Ghandour (pictured) was in a tent camp a few hundred yards inside the border east of Gaza ‘when the Israelis fired lots of tear gas’
‘The people of Gaza live a very difficult life. But that’s because they live in a prison controlled by Hamas – a theocratic authoritarian regime that instead of investing its energy and resources into building a better life for the people of Gaza, invests its efforts in a Holy War against Israel.
‘We used live fire in only a very measured way in a very surgical way and only when there is no alternative.
‘You had some 40,000 people yesterday involved in violent riots on our border. There were continuous attempts to storm the border and breach the border. We have to protect our people. If we allow the Hamas terrorists to enter Israel we will have dead Israelis. We must protect our border.’
Earlier, the U.N. human rights office condemned Monday’s ‘appalling deadly violence’ by Israeli security forces in Gaza and said it was extremely worried about what might happen later on Tuesday, while calling for an independent investigation.
U.N. human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told a regular U.N. briefing in Geneva that Israel had a right to defend its borders according to international law, but lethal force must only be used a last resort, and was not justified by Palestinians approaching the Gaza fence.
In a series of tweets this morning, the office added: ‘UN Human Rights condemns the appalling, deadly violence in #Gaza yesterday during which 60 Palestinians were killed and almost 1,360 demonstrators were injured with live ammunition by Israeli security forces.
‘The rules on the use of force under int’l law have been repeated many times but appear to be ignored again and again. It seems anyone is liable to be shot dead or injured: women, children, press, first responders, bystanders, & at almost any point up to 700m from the fence.
The mother of the eight-month-old Palestinian baby is comforted as she weeps during her daughter’s funeral in Gaza City today
Palestinians are preparing to bury their dead today after 60 people were killed by Israeli forces ‘including a baby who breathed in tear gas’. There are claims that a Palestinian baby named as Leila al-Ghandour died as a result of inhaling tear gas during clashes. Harrowing pictures have emerged of distraught family members cradling the baby’s body
Palestinians rallied in Gaza on Tuesday for the funerals of scores of people killed by Israeli troops a day earlier, while on the Gaza-Israel border, Israeli forces took up positions to deal with the expected final day of a Palestinian protest campaign
Mourners are pictured carrying the body of Palestinian Ahmed al-Adini, 30, who was killed by Israeli troops during clashes on the Gaza border yesterday
Grieving relatives are gearing up for a day of funerals after what was the deadliest single day in the Israeli -Palestinian conflict since a 2014 war between the Jewish state and Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas. Relatives of one of the dead sit around his body ahead of a day of funerals in the enclave
Last night, Palestinians held a funeral for a wheelchair-bound protester named as Fady abu Salah (pictured)
Thick black smoke billowed from burning tires as Palestinians threw stones at Israeli troops, who responded with tear gas. About 200 Palestinians were protesting in the biblical city of Bethlehem while another 100 were demonstrating in the Palestinian city of Ramallah
‘…extremely worried about what may happen today – an emotional day on all sides – and in the weeks ahead. We urge maximum restraint. Enough is enough.’
As international anger mounted today, Turkey told the Israeli ambassador to temporarily leave the country.
Ambassador Eitan Naeh was summoned to the foreign ministry and told to ‘return to his country for a period of time’. Turkey has also recalled its ambassador to Tel Aviv for consultations, said the official, who asked not to be named.
This morning, Palestinians clashed with Israeli troops in the West Bank with thick black smoke seen billowing from burning tires. Palestinians threw stones at Israeli troops, who responded with tear gas.
About 200 Palestinians were protesting in the biblical city of Bethlehem while another 100 were demonstrating in the Palestinian city of Ramallah.
Palestinian mourners carry the dead body of Mukhtar Ebu Hamas, 25, who was killed during clashes in Gaza on Monday
Hundreds attended a funeral service for eight-month-old Laila al-Ghandour, who was killed during the clashes yesterday
The bodies of the dead were carried through the streets as thousands mourned those killed in clashes on the Gaza border yesterday
Palestinian leaders have called Monday’s events a massacre, and the Israeli tactic of using live fire against the protesters has drawn worldwide concern and condemnation
The death toll rose to 60 overnight after an eight-month-old baby died from tear gas that her family said she inhaled at a protest camp on Monday. More than 2,200 Palestinians were also injured by gunfire or tear gas
Palestinians are marking the anniversary Tuesday of what they call their ‘nakba,’ or catastrophe, a reference to the uprooting of hundreds of thousands who fled or were expelled during the 1948 war surrounding Israel’s creation.
Meanwhile, the Israeli military, which remains on high alert today, says its aircraft have struck a number of Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip in response to mass border protests.
The military said it struck 11 ‘terror targets’ in a Hamas military compound. Tanks targeted another two Hamas posts in the Gaza Strip.
It said protesters used 10 explosive devices and firebombs against troops and that shots were fired at soldiers positioned along the border. While there was no breach of the border fence, the military said many protesters attempted to enter Israel.
At least five protests sites have been established since demonstrations began on March 30, most of them with both frontline areas and places for families further back.
Flashpoint: Israeli forces have fired tear gas after reports of protests on the Gaza side of the border this morning
Palestinians collect tyres to be burnt during a protest marking the 70th anniversary of Nakba, at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip today
Palestinian mourners carry the body of Muhammed Dividar, killed during clashes in Gaza on Monday, during his funeral at Nuseirat refugee camp in Gaza City
Khaled Batch, the head of the grassroots organizing committee of the protests, says Tuesday will be a day for funerals, suggesting there were no plans for border marches. Grieving relatives are pictured at the funeral of one of the men killed in the clashes yesterday
The world witnessed scenes of jarring contrast on Monday. Israeli forces killed 60 Palestinians, most by gunfire, and injured more than 2,700 during mass protests along the Gaza border, while just a few miles away Israel and the U.S. held a festive inauguration ceremony for the new American Embassy in contested Jerusalem.
Palestinians see the eastern part of the city as their capital.
Tens of thousands of Palestinians rallied near the border fence, with smaller numbers seeking to breach it. Israeli forces on the border used tear gas and sniper fire on the crowds.
UN general secretary António Guterres said in a tweet today that he was ‘profoundly alarmed and concerned by the sharp escalation of violence and the number of Palestinians killed and injured in the Gaza protests’ and urged restraint on both sides.
Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirims said Muslim countries should review their ties with Israel and called for a meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation on Friday. It has been one of the most vocal critics of the violence in Gaza, as well as the U.S. move to open its embassy in Jerusalem, which sparked the Palestinian protests.
Khaled Batch, the head of the grassroots organizing committee of the protests, says Tuesday will be a day for funerals, suggesting there were no plans for border marches.
The Islamic militant Hamas, which rules the territory, had initially said mass border protests would continue today.
Israeli media reported some tents where protesters have been gathering have been taken down at the border.
The world witnessed scenes of jarring contrast on Monday. Israeli forces killed 60 Palestinians, most by gunfire, and injured more than 2,700 during mass protests along the Gaza border, while just a few miles away Israel and the U.S. held a festive inauguration ceremony for the new American Embassy in contested Jerusalem
Al Jazeera journalist narrowly avoids being SHOT by a sniper and hit by a drone-fired tear gas grenade
An Al Jazeera journalist narrowly avoided being shot by a sniper and hit be a tear gas grenade as she was reporting at the deadly Gaza protests.
Dramatic video shows the network’s international correspondent Hoda Abdel-Hamid ducking for cover in front of the camera as a bullet whistled past her.
The journalist, who was wearing a helmet and bullet-proof vest, posted a second video on her Twitter feed showing tear gas canisters dropping from the sky and landing within yards of television crews.
Footage shows the canisters dropping from a drone and thudding into the ground, sending reporters diving for cover and leaving them coughing and gasping for air.
In messages posted along with the video, Abdel-Hamid wrote: ‘Targeting journalists won’t make the Gaza problem go away
‘This happened while away from the fence and no one around us was throwing stones or doing anything else… people were sitting, watching from afar while trying to keep safe. But there was nowhere to be safe, neither by the fence or away from it.’
She then posted the video of her pretty sure elites snipers know what and where they are targeting
Dramatic footage has emerged showing the moment an Al Jazeera journalist narrowly avoided being shot by a sniper
Video shows the network’s international correspondent Hoda Abdel-Hamid ducking for cover in front of the camera as a bullet whistled past her
The journalist, who was wearing a helmet and bullet-proof vest, posted a second video on her Twitter feed showing tear gas canisters dropping from the sky and landing within yards of television crews
The high casualty toll in Gaza revived international criticism of Israel’s use of lethal force against unarmed protesters, while the opening of the embassy, condemned by Palestinians as blatantly pro-Israel, further dimmed prospects of what President Donald Trump had once touted as plans to negotiate the Mideast ‘deal of the century.’
The U.N. Security Council planned to meet on Tuesday to discuss the violence, though it was not clear what might come out of the session.
Two U.N. diplomats said members couldn’t reach unanimous agreement on issuing a proposed statement, circulated by Kuwait, that would have expressed ‘outrage and sorrow’ over the killings and sought an independent investigation.
The diplomats spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions were supposed to be private.
Israel has defended its actions, saying troops were defending its border. It also accused Hamas militants of trying to carry out attacks under the cover of the protests.
In recent days, there have been negotiations between Egypt and Hamas leaders summoned to Cairo, presumably on a possible easing of Gaza’s decade-long border blockade in exchange for ending the protests.
Israel and Egypt imposed the blockade in 2007, after Hamas seized the territory from forces loyal to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
Tens of thousands of Palestinians rallied near the border fence, with smaller numbers seeking to breach it. Israeli forces on the border used tear gas and sniper fire on the crowds
The day of bloodshed came as America opened its new embassy in Jerusalem, months after US President Donald Trump recognised the city as Israel’s capital. Trump’s daughter Ivanka is pictured at the ceremony alongside US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin
Since late March, Hamas has led weekly border protests aimed at breaking the blockade.
Meanwhile, French President Emmanuel Macron condemned the ‘violence of the Israeli armed forces against the protesters’ as several countries urged restraint.
Britain’s minister for the Middle East, Alistair Burt acknowledged ‘Israel’s right to defend its borders’ but also said ‘the large volume of live fire is extremely concerning’.
‘We continue to implore Israel to show greater restraint,’ he said.
EU foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini said ‘we expect all to act with utmost restraint to avoid further loss of life’.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel of ‘state terror’ and ‘genocide.’
Turkey also said it was recalling its ambassadors to the United States and Israel ‘for consultations,’ while South Africa recalled its ambassador to Israel ‘until further notice’.
Israeli officials should be tried as war criminals after ‘brutal massacre’, says Iran
Iran has claimed Israeli officials should be tried as war criminals over the ‘brutal massacre’ of Gazan protesters.
‘The killing of children, women and defenceless people of Palestine and the occupation of Palestinian lands has become the main strategy of the Zionists over the 70 years of occupation,’ said foreign ministry spokesman Bahram Ghasemi on the ministry’s website.
He called on the international community to take ‘immediate action’ and try Israeli leaders as ‘war criminals in international courts’.
At least 59 Palestinians were killed and thousands injured by Israeli forces on Monday as they protested along the Gaza border against the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem.
Iran has claimed Israeli officials should be tried as war criminals over the ‘brutal massacre’ of Gazan protesters
‘The constant and continued crimes of the Zionists in Palestine is the result of the unsparing support of the US,’ Ghasemi said.
He accused countries in the region – an apparent reference to Iran’s rival Saudi Arabia – of a ‘treacherous compromise and undignified passivity’ for failing to strongly condemn Israeli actions.
Parliament speaker Ali Larijani said the US decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem was part of its attempts to undermine international institutions, along with its withdrawal from the Paris climate treaty and Iran nuclear agreement.
‘All these cases show that America intends to destroy the international institution of the United Nations,’ he told parliament on Tuesday.
‘It is driving the international scene to a kind of security chaos,’ he added.
The US blocked a UN resolution on Monday calling for an international investigation into the Gaza killings.
On Monday, Iran’s Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif denounced ‘a day of great shame’.
‘Israeli regime massacres countless Palestinians in cold blood as they protest in the world’s largest open air prison,’ he wrote on Twitter.