Violence in Gaza condemned

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Added On May 16, 2018

The latest?Israeli violence against Palestinian protesters on the Gaza Strip border has been met with outrage in the region and led to international condemnation.
 
At least 63 Palestinians were killed and some 2,800 wounded in confrontations between Israeli forces and Palestinians, who were mostly from the Gaza enclave.
 
The protestors were demonstrating against the relocation of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
 
The UN Security Council is holding an emergency meeting called for by Kuwait.
At Tuesday's Security Council meeting, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov condemned the latest round of violence in Gaza and asked Israel to use force proportionally.
 
SOUNDBITE (English): NICKOLAY MLADENOV, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process 
"I call on all to join me in condemning in the strongest possible terms the actions that have led to the loss of many lives in Gaza."
 
SOUNDBITE(English): NICKOLAY MLADENOV, UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process: 
"There are no other words with which to describe what actually happened. There is no justification for the killing. There is no excuse. It serves no one. It certainly does not serve the cause of peace. Who can possibly find words to console the mother of a child that has been killed? Who?"
 
The EU members of the UN Security Council on Tuesday jointly expressed concern over the escalation of violence in Gaza, urging all parties to take steps to de-escalate the situation.
Meanwhile,the UN Human Rights Council will also hold a special session on Friday to discuss the worsening human rights situation in the occupied Palestinian territories, including in East Jerusalem.
Israel is the regional number one ally of the United States, whose President Donald Trump has recognized the debatable city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital city despite regional and international outcry.
 
The Palestinian protests on Monday coincided with the 70th anniversary of Israel's declaration of independence, which was one day before the Palestinian "Nakba Day," that marks the expulsion of some 750,000 Palestinians from their homes to become refugees in 1948.
 
The Cairo-based Arab League (AL) strongly condemned in a statement the Israeli "massacres" against unarmed Palestinian protesters, describing the Israeli aggression as rising to the level of war crimes.
 
Turkey expelled Tuesday the Israeli ambassador to Ankara a day after it recalled Turkish envoys in Tel Aviv and Washington for consultations over the Israeli killings of Palestinian protesters.
 
In Europe, the Irish government summoned the Israeli ambassador to Dublin to express the Irish government's and people's outrage and dismay at the recent events in Gaza. 
 
Belgian Prime Minister Charles Michel said he was shocked by the remarks of Israeli ambassador Simona Frankel over Monday's confrontations, calling for a UN-led investigation over the Israeli violence against Gazans.
 
German Chancellor Angela Merkel expressed to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu over the phone her concern over the violence in Gaza, yet she said that Germany understands Israel's security needs.
 
French President Emmanuel Macron has already slammed the violence of Israeli armed forces against Palestinian protesters and reiterated France's disapproval of the U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem.