Belgium summons Israeli envoy, calls for Gaza inquiry

Clay Curtis
May 16, 2018

"South Africa maintains further that the violence in the Gaza Strip will stand in the way of rebuilding Palestinian institutions and infrastructure".

Belgium's foreign ministry said it summoned ambassador Simona Frankel over her remarks while Prime Minister Charles Michel said: "We call for an global inquiry led by the United Nations".

As reported by our diplomatic mission in Ramallah, the staff of emergency services in Gaza and the health service lanes crowded with losses.

"As well as the death and mass injury, Ireland is also very disturbed by the injuries suffered by health workers as reported by the WHO (World Health Organization)", the statement said.

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has spoken out against the atrocities in Palestine following the killing of more than 60 Gazans during a protest against the USA moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and the right to return to their homes in Israel near the Gaza-Israel border.

Belgium has summoned Israeli ambassador Simona Frankel for a meeting with a top diplomat official on Wednesday, the Israeli Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"We obviously are going to apply our minds with Cabinet colleagues, and we will respond in due course at the soonest available opportunity", he said.

Since the border rallies began on March 30, more than 90 Palestinian demonstrators have been martyred by cross-border Israeli gunfire, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

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The White House also blamed Hamas for the violence.

He says Israeli state officials do not need visas to enter South Africa.

The minister reiterated that South Africa's view was that the Israeli soldiers must withdraw from the Gaza Strip and bring to an end the violent and destructive incursions into Palestinian territories.

"China has always believed that the final status of Jerusalem should be finally settled through peace talks between Palestine and Israel in accordance with the relevant resolutions of the United Nations", Lu said.

"The constant and continued crimes of the Zionists in Palestine is the result of the unsparing support of the US", Ghasemi said.

Fresh protests were also expected on Tuesday as Palestinians continue to mark the Nakba commemorating the more than 700,000 Palestinians who fled or were expelled in the 1948 war surrounding Israel's creation.

The death toll led to strong condemnation from rights groups and concern from a range of countries. Palestinians had gathered in their tens of thousands to denounce the move by the U.S. to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. This step by the Trump administration was controversial because it broke with decades of United States policy and infuriated Palestinians.

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