Arab League chief calls for worldwide probe of Gaza violence

Brunilde Fioravanti
Mag 18, 2018

Israeli forces killed 60 Palestinians on Monday when tens of thousands of Palestinians had gathered near the border, while smaller numbers approached the fence and sought to break through.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is calling for a probe into the violence on Israel's border with the Gaza Strip after a Canadian doctor was wounded while tending to injured Palestinian protesters.

In a statement, Trudeau described the reported use of excessive force and live ammunition as "inexcusable".

"We are appalled that Dr Tarek Loubani, a Canadian citizen, is among the wounded - along with so many unarmed people, including civilians, members of the media, first responders, and children".

There was no active shooting from the Israeli snipers immediately before or after and there were no protesters in the immediate vicinity, Loubani said.

Loubani said his team's 3D-printed tourniquet could be manufactured in Gaza at a cost of about US$7 to help reduce deaths due to blood loss. But the council has taken no action because the United States, a permanent member, says Israel acted with "restraint".

Monday's violence erupted on the same day that a Trump administration delegation, led by senior White House advisers Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, commemorated the embassy opening in Jerusalem. The government says the future of the Jerusalem needs to be part of a broader negotiated settlement between the Israelis and Palestinians - a process going nowhere at the moment.

Israel and the US blame the militant group Hamas for endangering civilians in Gaza by inciting them to protest.

This was the message at a small picket held outside the Port Elizabeth City Hall on Tuesday in support of The Great Return March, which is a series of rallies by Palestinian people culminating on Tuesday on the anniversary of the Nakba.

The surge of Marine Corps security forces American embassies in Turkey Jordan, as well as the old USA facility in Tel Aviv, requested by the State Department earlier this week, was part of an overall effort to maintain a basic level of security those installations, said Pentagon spokeswoman Dana White.

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