UN Mideast envoy condemns violence in Gaza

Virginia Carson
May 16, 2018

Asked whether Israel is losing anything as a result of the events in Gaza, Amidror - a fellow at the Jerusalem Institute for Strategic Studies - replied, "Yes, I think many people in the world think that this is like a demonstration in Brussels against the central bank, or something like that".

At least 60 Palestinians, including six children, were reportedly killed and more than 1,300 others were reportedly injured by live ammunition and rubber bullets, he said.

A foreign ministry statement carried by the official Wafa news agency said the decision "follows the moving of the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Al-Quds (Jerusalem)".

The United Nations is working with Israel and the Palestinian National Authority to bring in life-saving assistance despite the destruction and extensive damage to the crossing, he said.

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Earlier, the U.S. blocked the UN Security Council motion calling for a probe into the deaths of Palestinians killed in violent clashes with the Israeli forces on the Gaza Strip border. One Israeli soldier was wounded.

She stressed that Russia's position on Jerusalem remains unchanged and that Moscow stands for a two-state solution.

"We must collectively call on all to refrain from unilateral measures that only steer us away from a peace process and instead work to end the occupation and advance the goal of a just and sustainable peace, culminating ultimately in two states, Israel and Palestine, . living side by side in peace, security and prosperity", said Mladenov.

Palestinian officials accused Israel of committing a "horrific massacre" and called on the global community to immediately intervene.

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