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Israel keeps Gaza residents 'caged in a toxic slum': UN's Zeid

18 May 2018

Senior Palestinian official Hanan Ashrawi said Palestinians were looking at past United Nations operations in various countries to see what form a protection effort might take. But he added: "these actions alone do not appear to constitute the imminent threat to life or deadly injury which could justify the use of lethal force".

The Arab League also called for an worldwide investigation into the killings at an emergency meeting in Cairo on Thursday.

A large number of Palestinians gathered to protest on the Gaza Strip's eastern border to commemorate the Nakba anniversary and protest the relocation of the United States embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which overturned decades of American foreign policy.

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The Ministry of Foreign Affairs, in a statement by its spokesperson, Tope Elias-Fatile, urged the Israeli Government to stop use of excessive force against unarmed civilians, including children.

High profile inauguration of US Embassy in Jerusalem raised the tensions to extreme points.

The Minister of State for Foreign Affairs also called on the global community to stop the violence against Palestinians and end Israeli occupation of the Palestinian Territories, state news agency Wam reported.

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Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern also expressed concern in public comments on Tuesday, saying moving the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was always going to inflame the situation given that Jerusalem was critical to hopes for a two-state solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict.

The Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) will hold an extraordinary summit in Istanbul on Friday to discuss "the latest serious developments in the State of Palestine".

Special rallies, gatherings and seminars will be organised to highlight the issue of Gaza killings and to condemn Israel's terrorism in the violence-battered region. One Palestinian was shot dead and at least 170 were injured, some critically, across the Gaza strip on Friday, which brought the number of those killed by Israeli forces during the six-week protest to 44 people.

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The statement released by the Israeli embassy today said Israel had been acting in self-defence in compliance with global law against an internationally recognised terror organisation, Hamas.

Israel keeps Gaza residents 'caged in a toxic slum': UN's Zeid