Turkey's Erdogan slams Netanyahu, calls Israel an 'apartheid state'

Speaking to reporters at a White House briefing, Shah also declined to join with other countries, including France and Britain, in calling for Israel to exercise restraint in its response to the protests.

The trucks entered Tuesday, as medical facilities in Gaza were struggling to treat hundreds of people wounded by Israeli fire the day before.

Palestinians resumed their protests on Tuesday, but only dozens turned out.

Mourners carry the body of Palestinian Mahmoud Abu Taima, who was killed by Israeli troops during clashes in a tent city protest where Palestinians demanded the right to return to their homeland, May 14, 2018, in the Gaza Strip. Israeli forces fired tear gas and live fire at Palestinian protesters, killing at least 60, including eight children, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

The UK, France, and Germany have responded more forcefully to the violence than the USA and have expressed concern about Israel's response to the demonstrations against the new United States embassy in Jerusalem.

"The unilateral decision by the United States to move its embassy to Jerusalem does nothing but inflame spirits, " said Sacha Llorenti, Bolivia's envoy.

The majority of those identified belonged to the Hamas terrorist group, while others belonged to the Islamic Jihad terrorist group, according to Israel National News. "I suggest that he not preach morality to us". Only opposition from the Trump administration likely prevented a Security Council condemnation of the Jewish state.

Funerals are to be held in Gaza for the 58 people killed. It's for you Irish people to raise your voice and say, "no enough is enough". The move to Jerusalem upended decades of United States policy toward Jerusalem.

The high casualty toll revived global criticism of Israel's open-fire policies.

Mladenov also said Hamas "must not use the protests as cover to attempt to place bombs at the fence and create provocations" by hiding its operatives among the protesters.

"These were not demonstrations", he said.

But there were numerous calls for an independent investigation into the deaths, with Britain, Germany, Switzerland and Belgium among those supporting such action.

Several Muslim-owned businesses in the St. Louis area also closed for 70 minutes around lunchtime to symbolize the number of years of Israeli occupation. "That is violence that should occupy our attention, too", Haley said.

Erdogan regards himself as a champion of the Palestinian cause and a year ago hosted an OIC summit in Istanbul to denounce US President Donald Trump´s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel´s capital.

US Ambassador Nikki Haley defended Israel, however.

Erdogan tweeted the comment a day after 59 Palestinian protesters were killed by Israeli forces on the Gaza border.

The UN Security Council plans to meet to discuss the situation. But it seems likely such a breach could have been stopped without such extensive use of lethal force.

  • Joanne Flowers