Relocation of U.S. embassy to Jerusalem heightens tensions - AU

Relocation of U.S. embassy to Jerusalem heightens tensions - AU

As Israeli forces dropped drones with tear gas and shot at Palestinian protesters in Gaza on Monday, U.S. President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser Jared Kushner called the protesters "part of the problem and not part of the solution".

"No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has", the US ambassador added. Layla Moran, the first MP of Palestinian descent, said hope had "died" this week. In a sign of an easing, Egypt extended the opening of its border crossing with Gaza, initially set to continue for four days, by two more days, until Thursday.

From US allies to adversaries, most ambassadors added their opposition to the US Embassy move to their remarks on the violence. And they came to denounce the US embassy switch. "It was surreal and frustrating".

The surge in violence at the Israeli border on Monday came as the USA moved its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a controversial decision first floated by President Trump past year.

About 60 Palestinians, including children, have been killed while protesting on the border with Israel.

The protest kicked off with a rally near Grant Park, on Michigan Avenue near Congress, with participants chanting "from the river to the sea, Palestine will be free!" and "Hey Netanyahu, what do you say?"

The killings sparked widespread outrage from the global community and human rights organisations, while South Africa and a myriad local organisations also condemned the actions by Israel.

"Israel has a responsibility to calibrate its use of force, to not use lethal force, except as a last resort, under imminent threat of death or serious injury", he said.

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Monday was the bloodiest day in Gaza since the 2014 war between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers.

The Israeli military said Monday in a statement that some protesters "hurled firebombs and explosive devices at the security fence and Israeli troops".

More than 100 Palestinians have been killed and hundreds wounded by live fire during a series of weekly protests led by Hamas, the militant group that rules Gaza.

A handful of US lawmakers nonetheless condemned the violence, including Sen. "I suggest that he not preach morality to us". "Every casualty that has resulted from the recent violence is a victim of Hamas' war crimes", Danon said.

The clashes took place as the new U.S. embassy was inaugurated in Jerusalem. "They're trying to incur casualties in order to put pressure on Israel, which is awful", Netanyahu told CBS News, according to a transcript of the excerpt.

Citing widespread opposition in the United Nations to the embassy move, Mr Erdogan said: "The US claims to be powerful". We will see this reality.

"Instead, the United States introduced itself as contributing to the conflict", he said.