Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Money | By Ethel Goodwin

More Protests Along Palestinian Border

More Protests Along Palestinian Border

The Hamas leadership conveyed a message to Israel's Defense Forces following Monday's clashes at the Gaza border, offering to reduce the numbers of protesters in return for fewer Israeli air strikes on Hamas positions in the enclave, local media reported on Wednesday.

Thousands of Gaza residents turned out on Tuesday for the funerals of Palestinians killed by Israeli troops a day earlier.


Asked whether Israel is losing anything as a result of the events in Gaza, Amidror - a fellow at the Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies - replied, "Yes, I think many people in the world think that this is like a demonstration in Brussels against the central bank, or something like that".

Notably, Kenya was among 21 countries that failed to vote at the UN General Assembly in a resolution aimed at condemning Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Its new Embassy that opened in Jerusalem just yesterday.

The United Nations is working with Israel and the Palestinian National Authority to bring in life-saving assistance despite the destruction and extensive damage to the crossing, he said.

The Palestinian health ministry said more than 2,700 people had suffered injuries and that numerous dead had not yet been identified. On Friday, some demonstrators entered and attacked the Garden of Peace, the main crossing channel for food and fuel to the Palestinians. One Israeli soldier was wounded.

This was corroborated on Tuesday by Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, who blamed Hamas for the dozens of deaths in Gaza for "pushing people to the border". While South Africa and Turkey recalled their ambassadors to Israel because of the USA decision that has been widely criticised by its Western allies, some African countries sent representatives to witness the official opening of the embassy in disputed Jerusalem. Ankara also recalled its envoy to the United States for "consultations".

"It also complicates the search for a lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict", said the chairperson in a statement.

In December previous year, the African Union retaliated their support for Palestine in its quest for an independent and sovereign State with East Jerusalem as its capital.

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