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Guatemala opens Israeli embassy in Jerusalem after U.S. move

Guatemala opens Israeli embassy in Jerusalem after U.S. move

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"Recent violence has exacerbated the already weak health system in the Gaza Strip, which is crumbling because of the severe power cuts and shortages of fuel, medicine and equipment", UNICEF said in a statement.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu again defended his country's response to protests in Gaza and blamed the territory's ruling Hamas party for the violence, according to excerpts from a CBS News interview on Tuesday.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the European Union have previously called for an independent probe, with 116 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces since a campaign of protests on the Gaza-Israel border was launched on March 30. "We remember our friends and Guatemala is our friend, then and now". The US envoy walked out of the hall at the United Nations headquarters in NY as soon as the Palestinian ambassador began his address. Kilic arrived back in Ankara on Wednesday afternoon, state media said. They carried her tiny body, wrapped in a Palestinian flag. Gunshots were fired in the air.

On Monday, Israeli forces shot and killed 59 Palestinians and wounded more than 1,300, making it the deadliest single day in Gaza since a 2014 cross-border war between Israel and Hamas.

Another three militants were killed while laying an explosive device in the south, the army said.

The Israeli tank fire on the Gaza Strip came one day after the end of what the Palestinians called as "the Great March of Return" which started in March 30 and ended in May 15.

Much of the worldwide media has accused Israel of killing innocent, unarmed Palestinians protesting in a spontaneous uprising they called the "Great March of Return".

Ibraheem Abu Mustafa  Reuters
Ibraheem Abu Mustafa Reuters

But Nikolai Mladenov, the U.N.'s Middle East envoy, said there was "no justification for the killing" and "no excuse".

Haley also said those who linked the escalation between Israel and Palestine to the opening of the American embassy in Jerusalem on the same day were "sorely mistaken". We are deeply saddened by the loss of lives.

The status of Jerusalem al-Quds is the thorniest issue in the decades-long Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Tuesday's meeting came amid growing diplomatic fallout from the violence and the US embassy move.

The opening comes almost 30-years after the UN ordered Guatemala and 13 other nations to relocate their embassies from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv.

The Times of Israel noted that Hamas claimed an 8-month-old baby died after inhaling Israeli tear gas. It has served as Israel's capital since the founding of the state.

At least 58 Palestinians were killed yesterday, spurring the U.N.to propose investigating the IDF to determine if their actions violated worldwide law - a proposal Haley slammed as preposterous. "It does not undermine the prospects for peace in any way". "We will continue to act with determination to protect our sovereignty and citizens".


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