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UNHRC: Israel 'ignores international law again and again'

Tuesday 15/May/2018 - 09:29 PM
Sada El Balad
Edited by Ahmed Moamar
The United Nations Human Rights Council denounced Tuesday Israel's actions during protests along the Gaza border the previous day، which left 60 Palestinian protesters dead and more than 2،000 wounded، as Ynet.
A statement on its official Twitter account said، "The rules on the use of force under international law have been repeated many times but appear to be ignored again and again.
"It seems anyone is liable to be shot dead or injured: women، children، press، first responders، bystanders and at almost any point up to 700m from the fence."
Earlier in the day، the Council said the threat of Palestinians approaching the Gaza fence was not sufficient grounds for the use of live ammunition by Israeli security forces.
The human rights body concluded by saying it was "extremely worried about what may happen today—an emotional day on all sides—and in the weeks ahead. We urge maximum restraint. Enough is enough."
A senior Israeli official، meanwhile، dismissed decisions by Turkey and South Africa to recall their ambassadors following the Gaza Strip riots، and said، "There's no reason for amazement. (Turkish President) Erdoğan and heads of the African National Congress are Hamas's best friends in the world today."
Recep Tayyip Erdoğan called Israel a "terror state" during a speech he gave in London Monday evening، adding that "the assault on the Gaza protesters exposed Israel's ugly visage، as one who carries out genocide in Gaza."
Following the day's incidents، Turkey also called for an emergency meeting of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation، which Turkey currently chairs.
Ankara wants the meeting of the 57-member-state body to be held on Friday، government spokesman Bekir Bozdag said.
Turkish President Erdoğan also spoke about US President Donald Trump's decision to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
"The US has chosen to be a part of the problem، not the solution، and has lost its role as mediator in the Middle-East peace process. We can't help but feelings as if we're back in the dark times preceding World War Two،" Erdoğan opined.

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