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PKR against move by US govt to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem

16 May 2018, 10:47 | Erica Roy

PKR against move by US govt to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem

Nikki Haley speaks at the State Department in Washington

UN Security Council members on Tuesday were united in mourning the deaths of up to 60 Palestinians in Monday clashes at Israel's border fence with Gaza - but they split on who to blame for the carnage.

The emergency meeting on Tuesday began with a moment of silence for the victims.

Relations between Ankara and Washington, two NATO allies, have been deeply strained over the embassy move, disagreements over military deployment in north Syria, and court cases against Turkish and US nationals in each country.

The UN Human Rights Council said it will meet on Friday to discuss the "deteriorating human rights situation" in Gaza.

He said there was no excuse for the deaths and more than 1,300 reported injuries. "It's a huge challenge for us to cope with this number of injuries". "It must protect its borders from infiltration and terrorism, but it must do so proportionally". He also accused the Islamist movement Hamas of taking "the people of Gaza hostage". As NPR's Michele Kelemen reports, the US says anger should be aimed at Hamas, the militant group that has controlled Gaza for the past decade. "This is how determined they are to make the lives of the Palestinian people miserable".

Bloodshed on this scale results directly from these open-fire orders that green-light the firing on demonstrators irrespective of the threat they pose, along with Israel's decades-long failure to hold accountable soldiers who violate their already lax open-fire orders.

Saying that Hamas had incited people to lob flaming objects toward the Israeli side of the border fence and urged protest marchers to breach it, Haley asked: "Who among us would accept this type of activity on your border?"

"These were not demonstrations", he said.

"Those shocking and bloody images can't leave us without welcoming the decision of the government of Canada and other governments who didn't participate in the so-called inauguration ceremony of the USA on Palestinian land", said the statement from the Ottawa delegation.

Still, Kuwait's envoy said he planned to propose a council resolution on protecting Palestinian civilians.

Most countries say the status of Jerusalem - a sacred city to Jews, Muslims and Christians - should be determined in a final peace settlement and that moving their embassies now would prejudge any such deal.

Nikki Haley denied that Monday's deaths had anything to do with the USA decision to open its embassy in Jerusalem.

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 talks opened at United Nations headquarters in NY with a moment of silence for the 60 Palestinians who died on Monday, the majority killed by Israeli fire, in the bloodiest day in Gaza since 2014.

'I could barely breathe, ' Heyam said.

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