More violence expected in Palestine territories
- Author: Leroy Wright May 15, 2018,
May 15, 2018, 11:12
As one Palestinian told The Washington Post: "We are excited to storm and get inside". But we have seen when we're out there, those rushing the fence are unarmed in the sense that they're not carrying guns and weapons as such.
It's "an exciting event and day for us", said Guy Gilady, deputy consul general of Israel in Miami, who also expressed concern about the escalating violence in Gaza, about 50 miles from Jerusalem. The Israeli military said on Twitter that thousands of protestors were "hurling firebombs & explosive devices, burning tires, throwing rocks, & attempting to ignite fires in Israeli territory".
Spokesperson for South Africa's department of global relations Ndivhuwo Mayaba said government "condemns in the strongest possible terms the latest act of violent aggression carried out by Israeli armed forces along the Gaza border".
"The idea that.it's going to convince the Palestinians that now they should come back to the table is a fundamental misrepresentation of what they've done", he added.
The killings of Palestinian protesters made Monday the bloodiest in Gaza since the first Palestinian intifada in 1987, an uprising against the Israeli occupation of the West Bank and Gaza. Trump tweeted earlier Monday.
Dr Ashraf Al Qudra, the director of public relations for the Gaza ministry of health, said six children under 18 were among the dead.
More than 2,200 were injured, according to Palestinian officials. One of the minors was identified as a girl.
Monday, American politicians, including President Trump said this is a step in the right direction.
In recent days, Turkey's Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been harshly critical of the U.S. decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The transfer has been extremely controversial, sparking protests all through Palestine at the moment through which 43 individuals have been killed. The United States inaugurated its embassy there Monday.
Trump's decision to declare Jerusalem the capital of Israel and relocate the Embassy from Tel Aviv is contentious for Palestinians, who hope to claim part of the city as their future capital.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel was acting in self-defense against the coastal enclave's ruling Hamas group. The sides have largely observed a cease-fire since the 2014 war - their third in a decade. "They are trying to break the fence to enter into Israel and to attack the communities next to the fence".
It added a USA embassy there would not curtail two-state solution negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians.
Throughout the day, sirens wailed as the wounded were carried to nearby ambulances.
Mr Netanyahu said military action was necessary. No Israeli casualties have been reported.
The opening of the United States coincided with the 70th anniversary of Israel's founding.
Outside, protests erupted along the Gaza Israeli border in response to the formal change of American foreign policy. There were reports that a man in a wheelchair who had been pictured using a slingshot had also been killed.The sky was blackened with thick smoke as protesters lit tyres.
In Gaza, thousands of people protested the new embassy. Israel fired on the protesters.
"For 70 years Jerusalem has been awaiting global recognition, until President Donald Trump, in a courageous move, recognized Jerusalem as the eternal capital of Israel", the group wrote.
Palestinians want to return to lands they fled in 1948 when the state of Israel was founded.
A smiling Netanyahu, decked out in USA colours - a blue suit, white shirt and red tie - showered praise on Trump, a president with whom he is in lockstep on many regional issues.
Israeli forces killed at least 52 Palestinians in a wave of gunfire condemned as a "massacre" by Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a key Trump ally who has hailed USA moves such as the pullout from the Iranian nuclear deal, praised the US president for "having the courage to keep our promises".
"Israel has the right and the duty to protect its sovereignty, its borders and its citizens", she said. 'Every country has an obligation to defend its borders, ' he said.