Arab League chief calls on int'l community to protect Palestinians

Monday's inauguration of the new US embassy sparked the bloodiest day in four years at the Israel-Gaza border as Israeli forces killed more than 50 Palestinians.

Nearly 60 Palestinians were killed in clashes with Israeli troops during protests to mark the 70th anniversary of Nakba - the expulsion of Palestinians from their homes - and the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem.

Around 2,250 were also injured by either gunfire or tear gas.

The renewed unrest was an effort to break a border blockade on the region imposed by Israel in a conflict coinciding with the opening of the US embassy.

The ongoing protests in Gaza are part of the "March of Return", which first began on March 30 with the aim of condemning Israel's occupation and demanding their right to return.

"We started to line up altogether and then walk forward steps together".

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim also said that Muslim countries should review their ties with Israel after Monday's violence.

James Martin, a Jesuit priest and editor-at-large of the Jesuit magazine America, condemned The New York Times for saying that Palestinians had "died" rather than Palestinians were "killed".

Monday was the bloodiest single day for Palestinians since the Gaza conflict in 2014. They carried her tiny body, wrapped in a Palestinian flag. Gunshots were fired in the air.

"Israel is an oppressive and murderous entity and its politicians and officers must be taken to the International Criminal Court", Amjad Shamout, the committee's chairperson, said in a statement.

Speaking at the demonstration today, Chairperson of the Ireland-Palestinian Solidarity Campaign Fatin Al Tamimi said that people in Palestine were losing hope.

The envoy is reportedly already on his way back to Palestine.

While some members said the U.N.'s most powerful body needed to speak as one to try to calm the volatile situation - and the Palestinian envoy implored, "When are you going to act?" - a proposed statement had stalled Monday after the US blocked it. "It is imperative that everyone shows the utmost restraint to avoid further loss of life".

Israel has said its troops were defending its border and accused Hamas militants of trying to attack under the cover of the protest.

U.N. Middle East envoy Nickolay Mladenov briefed the Security Council on Tuesday on the latest Gaza violence.

Council members were also divided over whether the installation of a USA embassy in Jerusalem on Monday - the fulfillment of a campaign promise of President Donald Trump - helped fuel the violence. The move has been roundly condemned by Palestinian leadership and other world leaders, as East Jerusalem - under Israeli occupation since 1967 - has been recognized as the capital of a future Palestinian state by the worldwide community.

ABC News' Molly Hunter contributed reporting from the Gaza Strip.


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