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As criticism for Israel mounts, Guatemala opens its embassy in Jerusalem

18 May 2018

The Palestinian Health Ministry said one man sustained moderate injuries from shrapnel, but did not confirm whether he was inside a targeted site or nearby. The campaign, billed as the "Great March of Return", may have raised unrealistic expectations among Gaza residents - a majority of them descendants of refugees uprooted during the Mideast war over Israel's creation - that they would soon return.

Thousands of Palestinians had gathered on the Gaza Strip's eastern border since Monday morning to take part in protests aimed at commemorating the 70th anniversary of the Nakba (catastrophe) and to protest the relocation of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Omar Shakir, the local director for Human Rights Watch, said that if they were unarmed, the identity of the slain protesters and their affiliation to a militant group has little to do with Israel's right under global law to use lethal force at a demonstration.

On Monday, Vietnam dismissed claims that it participated in a gala hosted by Israel to celebrate the opening of a new USA embassy in Jerusalem.

Monday saw a ceremony to open the US Embassy in Jerusalem, in an event that was followed by violent clashes between Israeli security forces and Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.

Putin Met With Assad in Sochi - Kremlin Spokesman
But rebel factions still control large parts of northwestern and southwestern Syria, while a Kurdish-led alliance backed by the United States holds most of the northeast.

It was the first nation to join the United States in making the move and formally recognizing the contested city as Israel's capital, and brought Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a list of prominent USA delegates.

The military said no troops were wounded in Wednesday's exchange.

The heavy death toll Monday, along with hundreds of wounded, made it by far the bloodiest day of cross-border violence since a devastating 2014 war between Israel and Hamas.

Israel, with U.S. backing, says Hamas is behind the protests, deliberately provoking violence for propaganda aims.

"The group has encouraged civilians - especially teenagers and children - to approach the Israeli border during the mass protests, according to Shin Bet - Israel's internal security service", National Review's Mairead McArdle informed.

In Congo outbreak, Ebola vaccine faces reality tests
The 2014-16 West Africa outbreak became particularly deadly when it spread to the capitals of Guinea, Sierra Leone and Liberia. More than 4,000 doses have arrived in Congo this week, with more on the way, and vaccinations are expected to start next week.

"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.

Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov however rejected the Israeli spokesman's "blasphemous statement" implying the Gaza deaths were of militants.

A war of words broke out between the prime ministers of Turkey and Israel as United States shifted its embassy to East Jerusalem that led to massive protests.

"We are very disappointed at African countries which had celebrated the declaration of Jerusalem as the official capital city of Israel by the USA".

Metro Exodus Delayed to Early 2019
Inspired by the novels of Dmitry Glukhovsky, Metro Exodus continues Artyom's story in the greatest Metro adventure yet. The developer will reveal its lineup at Gamescom in Cologne (August 21-25) and PAX West in Seattle (September 1-4).

As criticism for Israel mounts, Guatemala opens its embassy in Jerusalem