Israeli airstrikes target militant sites in Gaza

Israeli airstrikes target militant sites in Gaza

Putin and Erdogan also discussed the Syrian settlement and Russian-Turkish cooperation in the energy sector.

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. More than 2,700 people were injured, many by live ammunition.

There was good reason why previous USA presidents chose not to move the US embassy to Jerusalem. Its forces have killed 116 Palestinians since a campaign of protests on the Gaza-Israel border was launched on March 30.

The status of Jerusalem is one of the thorniest obstacles to forging a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, who with broad worldwide backing want East Jerusalem, captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war, as their capital.

Meanwhile, in an interview with Vice News on Tuesday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned that the Palestinians would never "conquer" Jerusalem.

Guatemala festively opened its new embassy in Jerusalem on Wednesday, becoming the second country to do so after the United States, and giving Israel a diplomatic boost as it faces global criticism for the deadly violence on the Gaza border.

They culminated Monday when Israel killed almost 60 Palestinians in clashes along the border.

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The Palestinian Authority said Wednesday it was recalling its envoys to Romania, the Czech Republic, Hungary and Austria after their ambassadors attended an Israeli reception marking the U.S. embassy move.

Pushing back against foreign censure of its army's actions, Israel has - with Washington's backing - accused Hamas of using civilians as cover for attacks across the frontier fence and to distract from Gaza's internal problems. Trump's move was considered by some as a tacit acceptance of Israel's de facto control over the city, and Palestinian politicians have said that the embassy move demonstrates the not an unbiased broker qualified to help steer Middle East peace talks.

Rebutting accusations that the military used excessive force, two senior officers of the Maglan commando force said the armed Hamas force in the north emerged from the crowds and attacked a patrol vehicle and five of their positions, including those of snipers perched on sand berms along the fence.

Israel rejects any right of return, fearing that it would deprive the state of its Jewish majority. It was the bloodiest day in the Hamas Islamist-run enclave since a 2014 war with Israel.

In the 2008 Gaza conflict that left about 1,400 Palestinians and five Israelis dead, a United Nations fact-finding commission found both Israel and Hamas, the group which rules Gaza, committed war crimes.

Israel occupied the West Bank and east Jerusalem in 1967 and later annexed east Jerusalem in a move never recognised by the global community. Palestinians hope to gain part of Jerusalem as the capital of a future state. "So it was very hard", said Marie-Elisabeth Ingres, Doctors Without Borders' representative in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

"These individuals that were killed, regardless of their affiliation or membership, were engaged in a demonstration in which they did not pose an immediate threat to life and were gunned down, and that's what's relevant", Shakir said.

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