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Teachers and students protest against Israeli aggression

Teachers and students protest against Israeli aggression

"He had assured Palestine President Mahmoud Abbas that India was committed to the Palestinian people's interests and hoped for return of peace in this region". South Africa and Turkey have withdrawn their ambassadors to Israel in protest.

On Wednesday the Palestinian Foreign Ministry announced the recall of its envoys in Romania, Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic because those countries participated in the reception for the United States delegation that inaugurated the embassy.

"India is deeply concerned with continuing tensions on the border between Gaza strip and Israel where more than 50 Palestinian nationals lost their lives and thousands injured on 14th of May".

Sarah Leah Whitson, director of Human Rights Watch's Middle East and North Africa division, said in a statement that the "policy of Israeli authorities to fire irrespective of whether there is an immediate threat to life on Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza, caged in for a decade and under occupation for half a century, has resulted in a bloodbath anyone could have foreseen". Again, that is consistent (perhaps on the low side) with what was previously reported.

"This proves what so many have tried to ignore: Hamas is behind these riots, and the branding of the riots as "peaceful protests" could not be further from the truth", said IDF spokeman Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, according to the Times of Israel. Fridays normally see protesters turn out in larger numbers. 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. The State Department said Tuesday the draft "was too one-sided" and unacceptable to the US because it did not mention Hamas' incitement of violence along the Gaza border. "I would be very surprised if we don't see some more people killed".

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UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and the European Union have previously called for an independent probe, with 116 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces since a campaign of protests on the Gaza-Israel border was launched on March 30. It was considered as the bloodiest day of cross-border firing since a 2014 war between Israel and Hamas. Israel and Egypt, citing security concerns, maintain a de facto blockade on Gaza which has reduced its economy to a state of collapse. The relocation of the USA 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.

Amid growing global condemnation, Israel insisted it had the right to defend its border against a possible mass breach and accused the militant Hamas movement of trying to carry out attacks under the cover of the protests.

But the start on Thursday of the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims abstain from eating and drinking during daylight hours, could limit the scale of the demonstrations. The factions said the fasting would be taken into account but marches would continue through early June.

The Gaza protesters hurled firebombs and stones towards Israeli troops across the border.