Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Money | By Hannah Jacobs

Kenya attends United States embassy move gala as Israel faces outcry over Gaza

Kenya attends United States embassy move gala as Israel faces outcry over Gaza

At least 60 Palestinians, including six children, were reportedly killed and more than 1,300 others were reportedly injured by live ammunition and rubber bullets, he said.

On Monday, worldwide media, quoting the Gaza Health Ministry, said at least 58 people were shot dead by Israeli forces and about 1,113 injured during demonstrations against the embassy relocation as Palestinians prepared to mark 70 years since the Nakba, or catastrophe - the day on which the state of Israel was established on May 15, 1948.

This year, many Palestinians are using Twitter to share stories passed on by relatives forced to exile 70 years ago using #MyNakbaStory to raise awareness as to why they continue to protest.

Numerous demonstrators are blaming the violence on the United States.

"The situation in the Middle East is explosive, violence is doing the talking, war could loom", Le Drian told lawmakers in parliament.

On Monday, an estimated 35,000 people participated in demonstrations in Gaza and hundreds of people in the West Bank cities of Ramallah, Bethlehem, Hebron, Jericho, Nablus, and East Jerusalem, as part of the "Great March of Return" as well as in protest of the relocation of the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, he said.

"It also complicates the search for a lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict", said the chairperson in a statement.

During the UN Security Council's emergency meeting, most ambassadors expressed concern over the use of force by Israel which Swedish envoy to the UN Olof Skoog said should be exercised with restraint, a stance that was supported by his colleagues from China and the Netherlands. Some also strongly criticised United States policy and said Trump's visit to Britain in July should be cancelled.

Relations with South Africa and Turkey are not that important to Israel, so if they "want their ambassadors back home, they are most welcome", former national security adviser Yaakov Amidror said on Tuesday. The government declared three days of mourning.

"The blood of innocent Palestinians is on the hands of the United States", he said.

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