UN's Zeid: Israel keeps Gaza residents "caged in a toxic slum"

UN's Zeid: Israel keeps Gaza residents

The UN human rights chief on Friday slammed Israel's deadly reaction to protests along the Gaza border as "wholly disproportionate", backing calls for an global investigation.

Pushing back against global censure of his army's actions, Mr. Netanyahu telephoned the Canadian Prime Minister late Thursday afternoon in what officials described as cordial but frank discussions about the violence and killings at the Israeli-Gaza border on Monday, the day the United States inaugurated its new embassy in Jerusalem. One Israeli soldier has been wounded.

The Arab League held an emergency meeting of foreign ministers in Cairo, Egypt, on Thursday, to debate how to deal with the U.S. move and the ensuing violence in the Palestinian Territory.

In his speech, he extended thanks to the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, as the Chair of the current session of the Council of the Arab League at ministerial level, for its efforts in organising today's meeting which aimed at discussing the grave developments in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

Israel has come under mounting global scrutiny over the high number of deaths during the clashes that began in early April and climaxed on Monday to coincide with the opening of the new USA embassy in Jerusalem.

Al-Ayyam reported the Independent Palestinian Commission in charge of prosecuting Israeli recent crimes in Gaza announcing that among the scores of Palestinians shot and injured by Israeli forces last Monday, 54 were in a critical condition.

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The Israeli Defense Forces said fighter jets struck at four Hamas targets in northern Gaza overnight, including "a weapons production facility".

She urged both Israeli forces - as well as organisers from Hamas, and other leaders demonstrating against Israel's decade-long blockade of the Gaza Strip - to prevent all violent actions.

Calls for an independent probe into the deaths have come from many sides, including Britain, Germany, Canada and Switzerland.

To express solidarity with the Palestinian community special rallies, gatherings and programs are to be organized to condemn Israel's terrorist acts in Gaza.

Israel accuses Hamas, with whom it has fought three wars since 2008, of seeking to use the demonstrations as cover to carry out violence.

Mohammad also cautioned against the establishment and expansion of more Israeli settlements in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, noting that it displaced more Palestinians and was a major impediment to talks towards a two-state solution.

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