Jerusalem embassy opening: White House blames Hamas for death of Palestinian protesters

Gaza violence extremely concerning, says Theresa May

Among the dead on Monday were eight children, including a baby of eight months, Layila al-Ghandour, according to the Hamas-run health ministry.

The latest bloodshed on the Gaza-Israeli border did, however, draw calls for restraint from France and Britain.

On Monday, the world witnessed scenes of jarring contrast. "This is what is endangering the people of Gaza".

Russian President Vladimir Putin warned in December that the U.S. decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem "does not help regulate the situation in the Middle East but instead destabilises the already-complicated atmosphere".

A woman mourns the death of Mohammed Dwedar, a 27-year-old Palestinian killed during clashes.

The high casualty toll also revived global criticism of Israel's use of lethal force against unarmed protesters.

He said global law makes it clear that "lethal force may only be used as a measure of last, not first, resort".

A White House delegation and Israeli officials are set to attend an inauguration ceremony for the U.S. embassy later on Monday and there have been clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces along the Gaza border.

While acknowledging that some Palestinian demonstrators tried to damage the barbed wire fence that separates Gaza from Israel, Colville said that in the commissioner's view, attempts to cross or damage a fence "do not amount to a threat to life or serious injury and are not sufficient grounds for the use of live ammunition".

Meanwhile, the diplomatic fallout continued Tuesday. Turkey expelled its Israeli ambassador and South Africa withdrew its own envoy to Israel.

The Palestinian president, Mahmoud Abbas, called the new embassy "a U.S. settlement in East Jerusalem".

Ireland summoned Israel's ambassador to Dublin Zeev Boker.

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Michel described the Israeli response to the protests "unacceptable violence", saying "there is a clear lack of proportionality and we are asking for an global investigation".

Workers clean gurneys outside a hospital in Gaza. The diplomats spoke on condition of anonymity because the discussions were supposed to be private.

German spokesman Steffen Seibert said the violence "concerns us greatly", but also accused Hamas of cynically escalating the unrest.

The violence capped weeks of protests by Palestinians, who began demonstrating against Israel's blockade of Gaza back in March.

The IDF estimated that around 35,000 people - who it describes as "violent rioters" - had assembled in 12 different locations along the border fence between Gaza and Israel and thousands more were gathered in a tent city about a kilometer from the border.

"For many years we failed to acknowledge the obvious".

Netanyahu blamed Hamas for the Gaza violence.

Tuesday's statement regarding the violence on the border with Gaza differs from previous statements on protests at the Gaza border by specifically mentioning the terror group Hamas. Thousands joined funeral processions Tuesday, though many of those killed Monday had been buried the same day, in line with Muslim traditions of speedy burials.

At least 59 Palestinians were martyred and hundreds more injured by Israeli forces along the Gaza border Monday amid protests marking the Nakba anniversary and the relocation of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The border marches are seen as Hamas' last hope of ending the blockade that has made it increasingly hard for the group to govern.

Britain's minister for the Middle East, Alistair Burt, acknowledged "Israel's right to defend its borders" but said "the large volume of live fire is extremely concerning".

Palestinians seek Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem as a future capital.

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