Published: Fri, May 18, 2018

Israeli air raids target Hamas facility in Gaza, Turkey seeks United Nations motion

Israeli air raids target Hamas facility in Gaza, Turkey seeks United Nations motion

After the bloodiest day for Palestinians in years on Monday, when 60 were killed by Israeli gunfire during mass demonstrations that Israel said included attempts to breach its frontier fence, calm and a heatwave descended on the area.

Hamas claimed on Wednesday that 50 of the dead were members of the movement. Turkish press was invited to film the spectacle, prompting Israel to again respond.

For Israel, it was enough to cement its narrative.

Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported that associates of the prime minister has said "Yair Netanyahu is a private person, as is his Instagram account". 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.

Palestinians organized the six-week demonstration called the "Great March of Return" in the eastern part of the Gaza Strip along the Israeli border.

"We are analyzing what kind of legal steps can be taken", he said, according to Turkey's Hurriyet daily, adding that his country was giving legal aid to the Palestinians. Its borders and exits into Israel (and one to Egypt) are shut tight, which means no exports and no work.

The weekly protests peaked on Monday when about 40,000 Gaza residents descended on the border area.

Speaking at an army base near the Gaza border, Lieberman said the goal of Hamas was "to remove the siege (over Gaza) but not to build their economy or create coexistence", he said, referring to the Israeli blockade of the strip. Some tried to attack the border fence.

An Israeli drone drops tear gas canisters during clashes with Palestinian protesters on May 15.

Guatemala inaugurated its embassy in Jerusalem, the second country to move its main diplomatic mission from Tel Aviv.

The event is expected to help Muslim leaders show a dedicated and joint stance against Israeli actions.

The protests have peaked on Fridays, with the numbers of demonstrators ranging from thousands to tens of thousands.

In two separate incidents, IDF troops opened fire on gunmen who were trying to shoot them, Hadashot TV news said.

Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a military spokesman, said 14 of those killed Monday were actively involved in carrying out attacks.

"The protests will continue because they have not achieved their goals yet", said Hazem Qasem.

He called on Israel to use force proportionally and avoid using deadly force except as a last resort, a message echoed by the council's European members.

"Hamas is exclusively responsible for the events transpiring in and out of Gaza, and is accountable for all terrorist activity emanating from Gaza targeting Israeli civilians and Israeli sovereignty", the IDF said.

While Israel has found itself under global condemnation, it has pushed back against criticism with the backing of the US. The Palestinians held a one-day general strike and called for three days of mourning for the victims.

Mr. Trump had promised to make his own peace plan, but his decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem, which most countries do not recognise as Israel's capital, has only worsened the crisis. The Palestinians, who seek east Jerusalem as capital of their hoped-for state and vehemently oppose the US move, recalled their ambassadors to four European countries that had supported it.

Netanyahu profusely praised Guatemala for making the move and noted that it came only two days after the U.S. opened its embassy in Jerusalem.

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