UNSC criticizes Israel for Gaza violence

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Israel says the military has delivered eight trucks full of humanitarian aid and medical supplies to the Gaza Strip, where Israeli troops firing from across the border have killed almost 60 Palestinians at mass border protests.

Dublin Lord Mayor Micheál Mac Donncha also spoke at the event and said that a book of condolences would be opened tomorrow for Palestinians who had died. She said all parties to the conflict have the responsibility to protect civilians.

Zomlot returned to D.C. from the Palestinian territories earlier this year even as Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he would not accept any peace plan proposed by the US following President TrumpDonald John TrumpAvenatti defends right to release Cohen's financial info Pruitt's 24/7 security requested over fears of Trump policy backlash Senate GOP anger over McCain insult grows MORE's announcement that he would be recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital. Israel has also said that it was defending its border against the militant group Hamas, which controls Gaza and which the US considers a terrorist group, saying Hamas has attempted attacks during the protests. "No one would. No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has".

Israel said it was defending its border and accused Gaza's Hamas rulers of using the protests as a cover for attacks on the border. And European diplomats on the Security Council are anxious about that, especially in the midst of what they call a sharp escalation of violence.

Many ambassadors accused Israel of using armed force indiscriminately against civilians, and said this runs counter to worldwide law. His comment followed a decision by Turkey to order Israel's ambassador to leave.

Protesters said they wanted Israel to stop what they called a "massacre" in Gaza.

"The Israeli ambassador was told that our envoy to Israel was called back for consultations, and was informed that it would be appropriate for him to go back to his country for some time", a Turkish Foreign Ministry source said.

He also offered a justification for the Trump administration's decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem and recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The Security Council was holding an emergency meeting to discuss the violence in Gaza.

Arab ambassadors appeared jointly before reporters to call for an investigation into Israel's "crimes" and for the protection of the Palestinian people.

The U.S. blocked it.

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Ahmed Bshara, a student from the Israeli city of Nazareth, said that he had hope for a two-state solution until President Donald Trump was elected.

Veteran Israeli peace activist Gershon Baskin told Arab News that the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem "is harmful to chances of peace and goes against global accepted positions that the future of Jerusalem must be decided and resolved by Israel and Palestine together". "Our best weapon is prayer, we are united", said Panday.

A Palestinian protester holds a rope during clashes after protests near the border with Israel in the east of Gaza Strip, 14 May 2018.

A letter to Secretary General Antonio Guterres from 10 members of the 15-member council coincided with the bloodiest single day for Palestinians since 2014.

Israeli media reported some tents where protesters have been gathering have been taken down at the border.

"The loss of life we have seen is tragic and extremely concerning", she said. The U.N. Security Council remains deeply divided over how to tamp down this violence.

"We urge Israel to show restraint", she added.

Each accused the other's country of violating global law.

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The PM said the violence was "destructive to peace efforts".

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