Published: Fri, May 18, 2018
Global | By Craig Ferguson

New Zealand statement on Gaza deaths 'regrettable' - Israel Embassy

New Zealand statement on Gaza deaths 'regrettable' - Israel Embassy

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres voiced strong disapproval Thursday over the "tragic loss of lives" in the Gaza Strip after Israel killed scores of Palestinian demonstrators earlier in the week.

Kuwait is urging the Security Council to condemn Israel's use of force against Palestinian civilians "in the strongest terms", especially in the Gaza Strip, and to deploy and worldwide force to protect civilians.

He said there was "little evidence" of Israeli claims that it made an effort to minimise casualties.

A large number of Palestinians gathered to protest on the Gaza Strip's eastern border to commemorate the Nakba anniversary and protest the relocation of the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which overturned decades of American foreign policy.

The US blocked on Monday a Kuwait-drafted council statement that would have expressed "outrage and sorrow at the killing of Palestinian civilians" and called for an independent and transparent investigation, diplomats said.

YWN reported Monday that Hamas chief Ismail Haniyeh and other top Hamas leaders traveled to Egypt where they received stern warnings not to instigate the protests.

The Kuwaiti draft resolution calls for measures to be taken to guarantee the safety and protection of the Palestinian civilian population, including through the deployment of "an worldwide protection mission".

Protests began after the USA embassy was officially opened in Jerusalem on Monday (local time).

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu gestures during a news conference in Ankara, Turkey April 16, 2018.

The two-day Forum marks the anniversary of the 1948 War and mass displacement of Palestinians, convened by the UN Committee on the Exercise of the Inalienable Rights of the Palestinian People.

To suggest that the violence had anything to do with the relocation of the USA embassy was a smoke screen, she said.

Israeli snipers opened fire from across the fence, killing 59 Palestinians and wounding 1,300.

Israel is unjustly and against any objective reasoning accused of using disproportionate force against Hamas. The IDF said they used advanced technology to "locate, track, and destroy the.5 mile-long" tunnel, adding that the it "did not enter Israel".

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