Lavrov slams Israeli designation of Gaza protesters

Lavrov slams Israeli designation of Gaza protesters

Israel and Egypt say their de facto blockade of the strip is necessary for security reasons.

On Wednesday, a senior Hamas official, Salah Bardawil, claimed 50 of the people killed on Monday were its members. It was unclear if the protesters he was referring to were militants or civilian supporters of the Islamic group, which rules Gaza and opposes Israel's existence.

For Israel, it was enough to cement its narrative.

"This is an inappropriate treatment of Israeli Ambassador Eitan Na'eh", Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs responded in a statement.

The Turkish president and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu exchanged furious tweets, and both countries have expelled each other's diplomats.

In a statement issued at the news conference, the factions said the fasting would be taken into account.

Israel accuses Hamas, with whom it has fought three wars since 2008, of seeking to use the demonstrations as cover for violence.

Israeli gunfire "will never make us lose hope to get back our land", said Mohamed Abu el-Majd, 23, whose left leg was fractured. Gaza has been burning for the past few weeks.

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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. Some tried to attack the border fence. But it ensures that Israeli-Palestinian tensions will grow worse.

The violence between the Palestinians and the Israelis kicked off this week amid the opening of the United States Embassy in Jerusalem. Hardly a mention was made of the border violence, only about an hour's drive away.

The protests have peaked on Fridays, with the numbers of demonstrators ranging from thousands to tens of thousands. It also said its forces had killed a squad of Hamas gunmen who opened fire at troops.

Weeks of protests and clashes along the border may be reaching an end as Ramadan begins, but the death toll has led to global condemnations of Israel and calls for an independent investigation. "But today, I just want to say how delighted we are to have you".

The Israeli human rights organization B'tselem has called on the Israeli military to disobey commands to use live ammunition on protesters who do not pose a threat to Israelis, saying they have an obligation under the law to disobey illegal orders.

An 8-month-old child was killed in Gaza on Monday during a protest after inhaling tear gas at one of the tent camps. "Hamas is intentionally and cynically provoking this response".

"Israel, which is supported by the U.S., can go further in terms of its expansionist strategy in the region despite the fact that its actions have no legal justification", Atlioglu underscored, warning of possible new casualties among Palestinians in the near future.

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry said ambassadors to Romania, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria were being called home for consultations after those countries sent envoys to a celebratory event held by Israel's Foreign Ministry ahead of the U.S. Embassy opening.

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