Ambassador recall is 'outrageous and displays gross double-standards'

Protests turning deadly

Protests turning deadly

German Chancellor Angela Merkel in phone talks with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday expressed concern over the escalation of violence in the Gaza Strip.

Coveney also called for "restraint" from Israel in the hours and days ahead.

As reported by our diplomatic mission in Ramallah, the staff of emergency services in Gaza and the health service lanes crowded with losses.

The statement said that Ireland was also "very disturbed" by reports of injuries suffered by health workers.

Israeli troops opened fire at dozens of protesters on Monday, who had gathered in opposition to the controversial relocation of the U.S. embassy from Jerusalem to Tel Aviv.

Simon Coveney summoned the Israeli ambassador to Ireland for an early morning meeting over yesterday's killings on the Gaza strip.

Minister Coveney is due to brief the Cabinet on the situation in Gaza later.

In the bloodiest day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since a 2014 Gaza war, at least 60 Palestinians were killed and more than 2,200 were wounded at the Gaza-Israeli border yesterday.

The White House also blamed Hamas for the violence.


But the United Nations human rights office was heavily critical of Israel's use of force.

Sixty Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces during mass protests along the border on Monday.

"We continue to implore Israel to show greater restraint", he said.

"The constant and continued crimes of the Zionists in Palestine is the result of the unsparing support of the US", Ghasemi said.

"Given the indiscriminate [nature] and gravity of the latest Israeli attack, the South African government has taken a decision to recall Ambassador Sisa Ngombane with immediate effect until further notice", Department of International Relations spokesperson Ndivhuwo Mabaya said. Despite the bloodshed, the embassy inauguration went on as planned in Jerusalem.

The rallies are to culminate on Tuesday, the 70th anniversary of Israel's establishment - an event Palestinians refer to as the "Nakba" or "the Catastrophe".

He accused countries in the region - an apparent reference to Iran's rival Saudi Arabia - of a "treacherous compromise and undignified passivity" for failing to strongly condemn Israeli actions.

The US decision to transfer its Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, while welcomed by Israel, infuriated the Palestinians and was widely criticized by the worldwide community.

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