Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Belgium calls for United Nations probe, summons Israeli ambassador over Gaza violence

Belgium calls for United Nations probe, summons Israeli ambassador over Gaza violence

South Africans demonstrated in solidarity with Palestinians on Tuesday, a day after 60 were killed protesting the United States embassy's move to Jerusalem, with anti-apartheid icon Archbishop Desmond Tutu declaring himself "brokenhearted". "The government must expel the Israeli Ambassador to Ireland in response to these murders and the flagrant disregard for global law, as well as recalling the Irish Ambassador to Israel in protest", he said.

The spokesman also underlined that "the health system [in Gaza] was already facing major challenges due to lack of equipment and essential medicines".

In addition, the foreign Minister expressed concern Dublin on the occasion of injuries among the medical staff. Recall that according to the Gaza Ministry of health, among the victims - 17 of representatives of the medical services and 12 members of the media. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has reported 211 attacks on those attending to the injured during mass demonstration at the border fence.

In the bloodiest day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since a 2014 Gaza war, at least 60 Palestinians were killed and more than 2,200 were wounded at the Gaza-Israeli border yesterday. The SACP further condemns the provocation of United States President Donald Trump administration's decision to move the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.

The rallies are to culminate on Tuesday, the 70th anniversary of Israel's establishment - an event Palestinians refer to as the "Nakba" or "the Catastrophe".

"The comment that consisted of saying that all killed or hurt were terrorists - that we can obviously not accept", Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said as quoted by The Times of Israel.

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The White House also blamed Hamas for the violence.

"We continue to implore Israel to show greater restraint", he said.

"I am deeply distressed and brokenhearted by the massacre perpetrated by the State of Israel in Gaza yesterday".

"The escalating loss of life in Gaza is a tragic example of an unacknowledged failure of diplomacy", said Higgins.

"What is urgently needed now are tangible steps to support a credible, internationally-led process towards peace and security in the region, which alone can bring a brighter, more inclusive future for all".

Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald says Coveney's actions don't go far enough, however, and called for the Israeli ambassador to Ireland to be expelled.

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