Palestinians burn images of Trump as protests spread after bloody clashes with Israeli soldiers


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The demonstrations spread to the West Bank, where Palestinians burnt tires and clashed with Israeli troops.

The US ambassador to the UN insisted ally Israel has acted with restraint in the face of provocation from Hamas.

The latest death came as thousands of Palestinians gathered to bury their dead after 60 people were killed ‘including a baby who breathed in tear gas’ during protests over the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem on Monday.

The violence continued today amid reports a 51-year-old, named as Nasser Ghorab had been hit by Israeli fire east of Bureij in the central Gaza Strip.

A Palestinian demonstrator kicks burning tires, during clashes with Israeli troops at a checkpoint near Nablus

This afternoon, the US ambassador to the United Nations told an emergency Security Council meeting on the violence in Gaza that ally Israel had acted with restraint in the face of provocation from Hamas.

‘No country in this chamber would act with more restraint than Israel has,’ Nikki Haley told the Security Council. ‘In fact the records of several countries here today suggest they would be much less restrained,’ she said.

Among the dead yesterday was a Palestinian baby named as Leila al-Ghandour who, her family claim, died as a result of inhaling tear gas in a camp a few hundred yards from the border.

The eight-month-old’s mother Mariam, 17, said she had left the baby with her young brothers when she went to a dental appointment. But when the infant started crying uncontrollably, one of the boys mistakenly took her to a protest encampment near the broder believing Mariam was there.

Eventually he found his own mother in the camp and, although they only stayed a few minutes, the area was targeted by tear gas, the distraught family claimed. They fled from the scene but by the time they had reached hospital, the baby had died, they said.

Yesterday’s violence has sparked international alarm British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson warning ‘there has got to be restraint in the use of live rounds’ and Russia saying the deaths have prompted their ‘deepest concern’. The UN, meanwhile, said it now ‘seems anyone is liable to be shot dead’ in Gaza.

Demonstrators burn pictures of Donald Trump in southern Gaza, at the border with Israel

Monday was the deadliest single day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since a 2014 war between the Jewish state and Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas.

But Israel’s ambassador to the UK, Mark Regev, defended yesterday’s use of force claiming it was ‘measured’, ‘surgical’ and that the ‘goal’ of Hamas was ‘to kill Israeli citizens’.

He told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: ‘We didn’t want to see this violence in Gaza and we did everything we could to avoid it. We dropped leaflets urging people not to attack the border, we used social media, we used radio and television broadcasts, we didn’t want to see this violence.

He denied it was a case of protesters ‘throwing the odd rock’, adding that ‘you have got people charging the border fence with wire cutters, with explosives, with molotov cocktails, with other weapons.

‘Their goal is clear and Hamas has articulated the goal. The leader of Hamas here [Yahya] Sinwar said our goal is to breach the border, to get inside Israel and to kill Israeli citizens. He said openly we want to tear out their hearts.’

Regev added: ‘I reject that this was somehow a spontaneous protest. If people want to protest against Israel inside Gaza, of course they can do so … but we are talking about people storming the border with the idea to damage the border fence to come into Israel and hurt our people on our side of the frontier.

Family members said Laila al-Ghandour (pictured) was in a tent camp a few hundred yards inside the border east of Gaza ‘when the Israelis fired lots of tear gas’

‘The people of Gaza live a very difficult life. But that’s because they live in a prison controlled by Hamas – a theocratic authoritarian regime that instead of investing its energy and resources into building a better life for the people of Gaza, invests its efforts in a Holy War against Israel.

‘We used live fire in only a very measured way in a very surgical way and only when there is no alternative.

Palestinian female medics tend to an injured colleague during clashes near the border with Israel, east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip, on Thursday

‘You had some 40,000 people yesterday involved in violent riots on our border. There were continuous attempts to storm the border and breach the border. We have to protect our people. If we allow the Hamas terrorists to enter Israel we will have dead Israelis. We must protect our border.’

Earlier, the U.N. human rights office condemned Monday’s ‘appalling deadly violence’ by Israeli security forces in Gaza and said it was extremely worried about what might happen later on Tuesday, while calling for an independent investigation.

U.N. human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told a regular U.N. briefing in Geneva that Israel had a right to defend its borders according to international law, but lethal force must only be used a last resort, and was not justified by Palestinians approaching the Gaza fence.

In a series of tweets this morning, the office added: ‘UN Human Rights condemns the appalling, deadly violence in #Gaza yesterday during which 60 Palestinians were killed and almost 1,360 demonstrators were injured with live ammunition by Israeli security forces.

‘The rules on the use of force under int’l law have been repeated many times but appear to be ignored again and again. It seems anyone is liable to be shot dead or injured: women, children, press, first responders, bystanders, & at almost any point up to 700m from the fence.

Relatives mourn Palestinian baby killed in Israel protest in Gaza


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