UN Mideast envoy condemns violence in Gaza

UN Mideast envoy condemns violence in Gaza

UN Mideast envoy condemns violence in Gaza

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas accused Israel of "massacres", while Amnesty International called the violence an "abhorrent violation" of human rights.

To this day, many displaced Palestinians and their families have been denied reentry by Israeli authorities.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry has told Israel's consul general in Istanbul to return to Israel "for some time", state-run Anadolu news agency said on Wednesday, after Israeli forces killed more than 60 Palestinians during protests on the Gaza border.

Protesters burnt tyres, sending huge plumes of black smoke into the sky, threw stones and some of them brandished knives at Israeli soldiers, including snipers perched on earthworks.

"These killings - we always say they are not warranted. The status of Jerusalem should be determined in a negotiated settlement between Israel and Palestinians, and Jerusalem should ultimately be the shared capital of the Israeli and Palestinian states", she pointed out. Therefore, she maintained, the decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem put in serious jeopardy the two-state solution. She said Namibia reiterates its longstanding position that Jerusalem remains the internationally recognised capital of the two states.

Consequently, the country was invited to a January 3 USA reception for United Nations member-states that did not vote in the resolution.

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

UN Special Coordinator for the Middle East Peace Process Nickolay Mladenov on Tuesday condemned the latest round of violence in Gaza.

Thousands of Gaza residents turned out on Tuesday for the funerals of Palestinians killed by Israeli troops a day earlier, in the bloodiest day for Palestinians since the 2014 Gaza conflict.

The embassy move, which dramatically underscored United States recognition of Jerusalem as Israel s capital, infuriated the Palestinians and was widely criticized, but on Tuesday the Security Council proved unable, once again, to reach consensus.

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