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PE protesters join rage against Israel

PE protesters join rage against Israel

The protests at the Gaza border on Monday coincided with the opening of a new U.S. Embassy in contested Jerusalem, the fulfilment of a Donald Trump campaign promise and a move Palestinians condemned.

In a response statement, Netanyahu said that "Erdoğan is among Hamas's biggest supporters and there is no doubt that he well understands terrorism and slaughter".

But the Israeli ambassador to the UK, Mark Regev, this morning defended the use of force as "measured" and "surgical".

"I am profoundly alarmed and concerned by the sharp escalation of violence and the number of Palestinians killed and injured in the Gaza protests", said U.N. Secretary-General António Guterres. "Then all I saw was smoke everywhere and people screaming", Wafa al-Udaini, a resident of Gaza who participated in Monday's protests by the fence, told ABC News via text message.

Ankara said that US President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and open an embassy there was "violating global law and all relevant UN Resolutions".

"We believe the realistic outcome of that would be and should be that Jerusalem being the capital both of the state Israel and the State of Palestine", she said.

Monday was the bloodiest day in Gaza since the 2014 war between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers.

The protest kicked off with a rally near Grant Park, on Michigan Avenue near Congress, with participants chanting "from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!" and "Hey Netanyahu, what do you say?"

Israel considers the entire city its capital, while the Palestinians see east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

The exception is Washington, which issued strong support on Monday of Israel's right to defend itself.

Israel's leader also accused the Islamist movement Hamas which rules Gaza of deliberately putting civilians in the line of fire for political gain.

The protesters in South Africa want government to also expel Israel's ambassador.

The UN Middle East peace envoy Nikolay Mladenov said there was "no justification" for the Israeli response and called the protesrs a "day of tragedy".

"We call for the intensification of the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions [BDS Movement] against the apartheid Israeli regime".

Nearly 3,000 people were injured as protests at the border between Israel and Palestine turned ugly.

"There is no way to identify who is who, and this is why Hamas is using those civilians - women and children - to cover its terrorist action and its attempt to destroy the barrier we are building", he said.

It was not immediately clear what might come out of the session given deep divisions between most of the world and the US, Israel's close ally.

Turkey told Israel's ambassador to leave the country on Tuesday after Israeli forces killed 60 Palestinians during protests on the Gaza border against the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem.