At least 59 people, including unarmed women and six children, were shot dead while more than 2,700 others were injured by Israeli soldiers during protests over President Donald Trump's controversial relocation of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv, a move that has been praised by Israelis but has enraged Palestinians and the governments of other countries, including in the European Union, and Iran and Russian Federation.
The relocation on Monday of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem inflamed the seven weeks of protests leading up to Nakba Day in the Gaza Strip, resulting in Israeli forces killing at least 60 Palestinian protestors and injuring more than 2,700. We have already pronounced ourselves that the relocation of the Jewish capital to Jerusalem is not in line with the relevant United Nations resolution.
"I support the Embassy moving to Jerusalem, and I think one death is too many on any side", said Suzy Sholin, who supports Israel.
The Palestinian health ministry said more than 2,700 people had suffered injuries and that numerous dead had not yet been identified.
Eventually, pro-Palestinian demonstrators took to the streets.
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.
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The relocation of the embassy from Tel Aviv has infuriated the Palestinians , who seek east Jerusalem as a future capital. In Jerusalem , top Trump administration officials attended events linked to the inauguration of the embassy later Monday.
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Consequently, the country was invited to a January 3 U.S. reception for United Nations member-states that did not vote in the resolution. "In that conflict zone, you're basically pushing people into circumstances where they are very likely to be shot at".
Faki said the relocation of the United States embassy will only heighten tensions in the region and complicate the search for a lasting solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as illustrated by Monday's clashes.
In a statement released on Monday, African Union Commission chairman Moussa Faki "strongly condemned the disproportionate use of force by the Israeli army, which resulted in the killing of over 50 Palestinian demonstrators, while many more were wounded".
Relations with South Africa and Turkey are not that important to Israel, so if they "want their ambassadors back home, they are most welcome", former national security adviser Yaakov Amidror said on Tuesday.
The chairperson reiterated the solidarity of the AU with the Palestinian people in their legitimate quest for an independent and sovereign State with East Jerusalem as its capital.