Freeland calls on 'all parties' involved in Gaza violence to protect civillians


But the US leader said the United States "remains committed to a lasting peace agreement" between Israel and the Palestinians.

At the same time in Gaza, at least 41 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire during clashes near the fence separating the besieged Palestinian enclave and Israel. "As a result, Israel has not only hardened its oppression on Palestinians, [but] it has expanded its occupation in the West Bank, through forceful removals of Palestinians from their lands". "As new demonstrations are announced for tomorrow, the Israeli army must stop its disproportionate use of violence against Palestinian protesters".

There were more protests planned for Tuesday to mark the 70th anniversary of what Palestinians refer to as an-Nakba, or "the catastrophe", the day marking the founding of the state of Israel in 1948.

In a post to his Facebook page, Conservative MP Peter Kent described the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem as a "historic moment" and called out the Trudeau government for not sending Canada's ambassador to Israel to the opening ceremony.

A wounded Palestinian is evacuated during a protest against USA embassy move to Jerusalem and ahead of the 70th anniversary of Nakba, at the Israel-Gaza border east of Gaza City May 14, 2018.

Soldiers, including dozens of snipers, fired tear gas and live ammunition, while there were also tank and air strikes against Hamas posts. "The Hamas terrorist organization declares its intentions to destroy Israel and sends thousands to break through the border fence for that goal". "We will continue to act firmly to protect our sovereignty and our citizens", Mr Netanyahu tweeted.

Mr Erdogan and Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas spoke by phone on Monday, a presidential source said.

"We shouldn't lose sight that Hamas is responsible for the entire situation", White House spokesman Raj Shah said.

Kuwait drafted a UN Security Council statement calling for an independent inquiry into the violence - and expressing "outrage and sorrow" - but this was blocked by the US.

"I called my cousin and her son, he was shot in the leg and he was in a bad situation", said El Najjar, standing on the steps of the embassy.

Israel has said it is acting in self-defense to defend its borders and communities.

Turkey expelled Israel's ambassador, and several European countries called for an global investigation.

Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, decried Israel's actions.

South Africa also recalled its ambassador to Israel, condemning "the indiscriminate and grave manner of the latest Israeli attack".

Mr Turnbull said: "They're pushing people to the border".

Abbas called the new embassy "a USA settlement in East Jerusalem".

The issue has been so thorny that global negotiators had left the question of Jerusalem to the final stages of any peace deal. The alternatives to a two-state solution.

"We are ecstatic to be able to celebrate Israel in this way", Naomi Adler, president & CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, said.