Media vilifies Israel for 8-month-old Palestinian killed during Gaza protests

Media vilifies Israel for 8-month-old Palestinian killed during Gaza protests

Since the Hamas-led protests began March 30, more than 110 Palestinians have been killed and more than 2,500 wounded by live fire, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

Netanyahu noted that Guatemala was the second country behind the United States to recognize Israel's independence after the partition vote in the United Nations.

Putin and Erdogan also discussed the Syrian settlement and Russian-Turkish cooperation in the energy sector.

President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital late previous year, upending decades of US policy in a move that was welcomed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but prompted the Palestinians to cut ties with the administration.

These too have been brutally suppressed by Israeli forces, with 117 people Palestinians killed over the past six weeks.

The demonstrations were held to protest against the USA embassy move from Tel Aviv to the contested city of Jerusalem. Tens of thousands of protesters gathered to demand that Palestinian refugees and their descendants be allowed to return to Israel, and that Israel ease its blockade of the territory.

The conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, he added, was a separate, internal issue.

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel had tallied similar numbers to Hamas and "won't let those who call for our destruction to breach our borders and to threaten our communities".

Tuesday's meeting came amid growing diplomatic fallout from the violence and the USA embassy move. Israel, however, accused Hamas militants of carrying out bombing and shooting attacks under the cover of the protests.

Khalil al-Hayyah, the deputy leader of Hamas, said at a news conference in Gaza City that Hamas would continue its protests at the border.

Rebutting accusations that the military used excessive force, two senior officers of the Maglan commando force said the armed Hamas force in the north emerged from the crowds and attacked a patrol vehicle and five of their positions, including those of snipers perched on sand berms along the fence.

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. "In fact, the record of several countries here today suggest that they would be less restrained", she said. It was the bloodiest day in the Hamas Islamist-run enclave since a 2014 war with Israel. Israel, who seized the eastern part of the city during the 1967 war, insists that Jerusalem is the single and indivisible capital of the country, while Palestinians wish to make the eastern part of the city the capital of their state.

The Israeli military has come under heavy worldwide criticism for firing on unarmed protesters, and faces accusations of using disproportionate force. It has served as Israel's capital since the founding of the state. The eastern half of the city has always been envisioned as the capital of a Palestinian state, if and when a two-state solution is negotiated between the Israelis and the Palestinians.

He said his chief of staff's office and foreign ministry were working to evacuate the injured from Gaza, and said that Turkey would stand by Palestine "no matter what the price".