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Gaza begins to bury its dead after deadliest day in years
Posted on: 16-05-2018 , 09:33:AM | DY365 Bureau

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 May 16, 2018: There have been angry exchanges between Israeli and Palestinian envoys at the UN, as the diplomatic fallout over deadly violence in Gaza gathered pace.

 
Some 58 Palestinians were killed when Israeli troops fired on protesters on Monday, with funerals held on Tuesday.
 
The Palestinian envoy spoke of a "crime against humanity", while Israel accused Hamas, who are in control of Gaza, of taking their own people hostage.
 
This week was the culmination of a six-week protest against Israel. Monday was the 70th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel and also the day the US made the controversial move of its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
 
Funerals were held on Tuesday in Gaza for 58 Palestinians reported killed on Monday when Israeli troops opened fire during protests, in the deadliest day of violence there since a war in 2014.
 
Another death was reported on Tuesday - a 51-year-old man - but calm mostly prevailed as the dead were buried.
 
Israel has faced international condemnation over the deaths, from the UN, UK, France, Russia and others.
 
Israel has defended its actions, and the US has voiced its support. Monday's violence came as the US inaugurated its first embassy in Jerusalem, a controversial step by the Trump administration that broke with decades of US policy and incensed Palestinians.
 
Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future Palestinian state. Many see the US move as backing Israeli control over the whole of the city, which Israel regards as its indivisible capital.
 
Donald Trump's decision to relocate the embassy, announced in December, fuelled anger in Islamist-ruled Gaza, which is economically impoverished and under an Israeli and Egyptian blockade. Israel and Egypt say it is for their self-defence.
 
For seven weeks, protesters have gathered on the Gaza side of the border with Israel, with scores of deaths over that period before the violence ratcheted this week.
 
Among the dead on Monday were eight children under the age of 16, including a baby of eight months, Layila al-Ghandour, according to the Hamas-run health ministry. At least 2,700 were reported injured.
 
No Israelis were reported killed or injured.
 
 
 

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