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African Union reacts to relocation of US embassy to Jerusalem

16 May 2018

"More than 50 dead, 2000 injured in protest against arbitrary transfer of US Embassy to Jerusalem", President Morales said in a tweet Monday night.

Israeli Ambassador Danny Danon defended the use of force, calling the events at the border "violent riots".

Meanwhile, Britain called for an independent investigation into the violence on the Israel-Gaza border.

"Let's call for restraint on both sides given where we're at".

The Gaza border with Israel was quieter on Tuesday, as thousands of Gaza residents attended the funerals of those killed in Monday's clashes. Some of the protests were also in commemoration of Nakba Day. It was unclear whether large crowds would turn up at the border on Tuesday for the climax to the campaign after the heavy fatalities suffered on Monday.

A total of 114 Palestinians have been killed since March 30, while one Israeli soldier has been reported wounded.

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In Geneva, the United Nations human rights office condemned what it called the "appalling deadly violence" by Israeli forces and said it was extremely anxious about what might happen later.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on May 15 accused Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of having the "blood of Palestinians on his hands" following indiscriminate killings by Israeli forces in the besieged Gaza Strip. "We were at the tent camp east of Gaza when the Israelis fired lots of tears", Omar said, according to The Metro UK. I took her further away. "I suggest that he not preach morality to us".

The Palestinian Authority recalled its envoy to Washington, D.C., after the United States moved its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Freeland's response was criticized for using a passive voice, and failing to condemn Israel for the violence.

Turkey's government on Tuesday ordered the Israeli ambassador to leave the country, retaliating for Israel's killing of dozens of Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip and underscoring the growing global fallout from the bloodshed.

When Trump announced the move of the embassy in December last year-in accordance with the Jerusalem Embassy Relocation Act passed in 1995-he said that specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem are subject to final negotiations.

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Trump's decision to move the embassy broke the pre-existing American policy of not opening embassies in contested cities until a peace deal is reached.

Adding he rejects "imperialist interference (.) against peace in the Middle East" and as a violation of global law that "conceals the crimes of the State of Israel".

Rejecting criticism of Israel voiced by other United Nations ambassadors, Haley said that none of their countries would have acted with the same moderation. Talks aimed a finding a two-state solution to the conflict have been frozen since 2014.

If Palestinian leaders want to know who is responsible for the deaths Monday, they should glance in the mirror.

The White House deputy press secretary added that Hamas bears "responsibility for the entire situation right now". On Friday, some demonstrators entered and attacked the Garden of Peace, the main crossing channel for food and fuel to the Palestinians.

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African Union reacts to relocation of US embassy to Jerusalem