Turkey and Israel expel envoys over Gaza violence

Gaza conflict

GettyViolence has been increasing in the area for six weeks as the US prepared to open its embassy

Wanton killings on Gaza border by Israeli forces have drawn worldwide condemnation with the US Security Council meeting to discuss the Middle East situation.

"Let's remember that the Hamas terrorist organization has been inciting violence for years, long before the United States chose to move our embassy", Haley told United Nations officials, according to Politico.

An inside source said that the meeting will "confront the Israeli aggression on the Palestinian people" following the opening of the new U.S embassy in Jerusalem.

The Cabinet also stressed the Kingdom's hope that the global community will adopt a firm and unified stance toward Iran and its hostile actions to destabilize the region and its support for terrorist groups, especially Hezbollah and Houthi militia as well as its support for Assad's regime which has committed the most heinous crimes against its own people.

Turkey maintains diplomatic ties with Israel, but relations have been severely strained in recent years over issues including the treatment of Palestinians.

South Africa also recalled its envoy to Israel.

It was not immediately clear what might come out of the session given deep divisions between most of the world and the US, Israel's close ally.

Confronted with the fact that Israelis point to the use of swastikas to discredit the protests as anti-Semitic and violently anti-Israel, the man remained firm.

"We urge Israel to show restraint", she added.

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In fact the records of several countries here today suggest they would be much less restrained.

In an apparent tit-for-tat, Israel then requested the Turkish consul general in Jerusalem leave the country.

Turkey's government on Tuesday ordered the Israeli ambassador to leave the country, retaliating for Israel's killing of dozens of Palestinian protesters in the Gaza Strip and underscoring the growing worldwide fallout from the bloodshed.

"Erdogan is one of the biggest supporters of Hamas, so there's no doubt he's an expert on terror and slaughter", Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted.

Israel's leader also accused the Islamist movement Hamas which rules Gaza of deliberately putting civilians in the line of fire for political gain.

A Foreign Office spokesperson, in a statement, said the move represents violation of global law and several United Nations Security Council resolutions, in particular resolutions No. 476 and 478. The number of people who have been killed is much, much higher than any other place, and people do not take into consideration that it is a cover for a terror organization to carry out terrorist actions and destroy the barrier that is supposed to stop the underground tunnels.

Earlier on Monday in a highly controversial move, the USA opened an embassy in Jerusalem, an ancient city holy to Jews, Muslims and Christians.

Jerusalem's status is perhaps the thorniest issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. She said Namibia reiterates its longstanding position that Jerusalem remains the internationally recognised capital of the two states.

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