Jacinda Ardern condemns 'devastating one-sided loss of life' in Jerusalem

PE protesters join rage against Israel

VIDEO: Hamas Leader Admits Gaza Protests are Not Peaceful

In Geneva, the United Nations human rights office said Israel has repeatedly violated worldwide norms by using deadly live fire to repel protesters. In a joint statement after the meeting, they said that Hamas needed to avoid "provocations" and violence, but that Israel's military must "exercise maximum restraint" in using lethal force.

Bardawil did not elaborate on the nature of their membership in the group and his claim could not be independently verified.

It was the bloodiest single day for Palestinians since the Gaza conflict in 2014.

Who can blame Israel for simply wanting to defend itself?

But as before, the media narrative had given way to facts showing that Israel did not wantonly shoot innocent civilians. The Muslim world needs to unite against Israel, he said.

Organizers say the wave of border protests is meant in large part to break a decade-old blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt and pressure Israel to ease its restrictions.

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. Palestinian officials say the vast majority of the casualties have been unarmed protesters.

Palestinian medics and protesters evacuate a wounded youth during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip, Monday, May 14, 2018. The demonstrations took place at 13 different locations along the fence with Palestinians throwing stones, Molotov cocktail and other explosive devices at the Israeli troops. Some have tried to break through the fence.

Previously Guatemala's embassy was in Herzliya, just north of Tel Aviv, like that of Paraguay, so far the only other mission with immediate plans to move to Jerusalem.

The Israeli army has defended its actions.

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The two shootings followed two days of clashes along the Gaza border.

Speaking Tuesday, Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus conceded that the military had failed to reduce the number of deaths during the protests and that some people had been accidentally killed by Israeli snipers.

Deputy Ambassador Michael Baror said they were sorry for the loss of lives, and added that their problem is with the regime, not Palestinians.

The declaration of the ANC's national conference reads: "Delegates endorsed the proposal that we must give practical support to the oppressed people of Palestine and resolved on an immediate and unconditional downgrade of the SA embassy in Israel to a Liaison Office". Some of the demonstrators have attempted to cross the border and damage the fence that rests along it.

The US had blamed Hamas for the violence in Gaza.

On Tuesday, Palestinian Islamic Jihad said that three of the victims had been their people.

The exchange of fire east of Jabalia came after weeks of mass protests and clashes on the Gaza border, which peaked on Monday when some 60 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces. The relocation of the U.S. mission "doesn't undermine the prospect of peace in any way", she said, despite the Palestinians, who want East Jerusalem to become the capital of their future sovereign state, vigorously protesting against attempts by Israel to claim the historic city.

In Jerusalem, following the USA lead, Guatemala opened its embassy in the city on Wednesday.

Former Guatemalan foreign minister Gabriel Orellana has said Morales's embassy move has the effect of banishing his country "to the fringes of the UN". Romania, the Czech Republic and Honduras have said they are considering doing the same.

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