Several countries have condemned or voiced concern over Israel’s violence against Palestinian protesters on the day the US relocated its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
At least 58 Palestinian demonstrators have been killed on Monday and hundreds more injured by Israeli army forces deployed along the area bordering Gaza, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Monday:
French President Emmanuel Macron condemned the violence in Gaza, the French presidency said on Monday, adding that he will talk to all involved parties in the region over the next few days.
The European Union’s Foreign Policy Chief Federica Mogherini said in a statement that dozens of Palestinians, including children, have been killed from Israeli fire today, without condemning the violence.
Israel must respect the right to peaceful protest and the principle of proportionality in the use of force, Mogherini added.
The British Prime Minister office also expressed concern over the violence in Gaza in a statement, reading:
Germany said it was shocked and deeply concerned by the reports concerning the protests in Gaza, in which dozens of people were killed or injured.
The German foreign ministry said:
Berlin underlined that people in Gaza Strip has a right to carry out peaceful protests, but also warned against inflammatory moves.
Qatar decried Monday’s violence as a massacre, condemning the Israeli army’s systematic murder of Palestinians near the blockaded Gaza Strip’s eastern border with Israel.
Lulwah al Khater, a spokesperson for Qatar’s Foreign Ministry, said her country was calling on all regional and international powers to pressure Israel to stop the killing.
Kuwait has requested a meeting of the United Nations Security Council on Tuesday to discuss continuing violence along the Gaza-Israel border, diplomats said on Monday.
We condemned what has happened, the Kuwaiti ambassador to the United Nations, Mansour al Otaibi, told journalists.
Sergey Lavrov, the head of Russian diplomacy, said in a joint news conference in Moscow that Russia has evaluated the US decision negatively several times. He added:
Egypt’s Foreign Ministry condemned Israel’s use of deadly force against peaceful protesters, describing the move as a serious escalation that could lead to dangerous consequences.
In Iran, Foreign Minister Javad Zarif described Israeli violence against unarmed Palestinian protesters as shameful.
Zarif described the Gaza city, which remains the target of a decade-long Israeli and Egyptian embargo, as the biggest open-air prison in the world.
In Lebanon, lawmakers denounced Monday’s relocation of the US embassy while also slamming Israel’s brutal and barbaric response to the Gaza protests.
South Africa said it was withdrawing its ambassador to Israel until further notice following what it called the indiscriminate and grave attack on Monday.
In a statement, the South African government condemned the killing of protesters in Gaza.
Pakistan also expressed grave concern on Monday on the rising tensions.
In a statement, the Pakistani government said that despite calls by the international community to comply with UN General Assembly and Security Council resolutions on the two-state solution, US is moving its Embassy to the Holy City of Jerusalem.
The Government and people of Pakistan stand firmly with the Palestinian people, the statement said.
Morocco’s King Mohammed VI condemned the relocating of US embassy in Israel in a statement, according to the country’s state news agency MAP.
MAP reported that the king was following with concern the implementation of the US administration’s decision to recognize Al Quds (Jerusalem) as the capital of Israel and move its embassy there.
Bahrain’s foreign ministry strongly condemned the Israeli violence.
In a statement the ministry said that it warns against the grave dangers and negative repercussions of this serious provocation in the occupied Palestinian territories, stressing its total rejection of the use of force in the face of peaceful marches that call for the rights of the Palestinian people.
The ministry reiterated its firm position and support to the legitimate rights of the brotherly Palestinian people, the statement added.
US President Donald Trump sparked international outcry last December when he unilaterally recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and vowed to relocate Washington’s embassy to the city.
Source: Palestine Chronicle