Hamas offers Israel quiet on Gaza border if airstrikes reduced

Anna Jefferson
May 16, 2018

The relocation on Monday of the USA embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem inflamed the seven weeks of protests leading up to Nakba Day in the Gaza Strip, resulting in Israeli forces killing at least 60 Palestinian protestors and injuring more than 2,700. There is no justification for the killing.

To this day, many displaced Palestinians and their families have been denied reentry by Israeli authorities.

Protesters burnt tyres, sending huge plumes of black smoke into the sky, threw stones and some of them brandished knives at Israeli soldiers, including snipers perched on earthworks.

"We will consider the issues that have been raised in relation to a possible review, either all together or to some limited extent, of visa requirements in relation to a state of Israel as well as issues of people holding dual citizenship who fight in wars that South Africa regards as unjust".

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It must protect its borders, but it must do so proportionally and investigate every incident that has led to a loss of human life, he added.

Kenya was among countries that attended celebrations to mark United States' move of its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Sunday night, it has emerged.

Like nearly all other nations, and especially most of its Western allies, Britain disagrees with US President Donald Trump's decision to move the US Embassy from Tel Aviv.

While no fatalities were reported in the West Bank, where limited clashes took place between demonstrators and Israeli security forces at several checkpoints, the situation in Gaza deteriorated throughout the day, particularly along the perimeter fence, said Mladenov.

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Consequently, the country was invited to a January 3 USA reception for United Nations member-states that did not vote in the resolution.

Tens of thousands of people in Gaza have been protesting for over six weeks. "The status of Jerusalem should be determined in a negotiated settlement between Israel and Palestinians, and Jerusalem should ultimately be the shared capital of the Israeli and Palestinian states", she pointed out.

South African ambassador Sisa Ngombane was recalled after International Relations and Cooperation Minister Lindiwe Sisulu made contact with US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo about possibly delaying America's move.

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