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Port Elizabeth protest calls for worldwide response on Gaza

16 May 2018

South Africans demonstrated in solidarity with Palestinians on Tuesday, a day after 60 were killed protesting the U.S. embassy's move to Jerusalem, with anti-apartheid icon Archbishop Desmond Tutu declaring himself "brokenhearted".

The Republic of Ireland's minister for foreign affairs has met the Israeli ambassador after summoning him to express "outrage" at the deaths and injuries in Gaza.

Ambassador Boker was informed of Irish demands for an independent global investigation, led by the United Nations, into yesterday's deaths to take place.

The health system was already facing major challenges due to lack of equipment and essential medicines.

In addition, the foreign Minister expressed concern Dublin on the occasion of injuries among the medical staff. Recall that according to the Gaza Ministry of health, among the victims - 17 of representatives of the medical services and 12 members of the media.

There were 211 recorded attacks against health workers attending the large numbers of injured during mass demonstrations at the border fence.

He accused countries in the region - an apparent reference to Iran's rival Saudi Arabia - of a "treacherous compromise and undignified passivity" for failing to strongly condemn Israeli actions.

Fresh protests are expected today as Palestinians mark the Nakba, or "catastrophe", commemorating the more than 700,000 Palestinians who fled or were expelled in the 1948 war surrounding Israel's creation.

Prime Minister Charles Michel and Deputy Prime Minister Didier Reynders said in a statement what happened in Gaza was a "clear" use of "disproportionate force against civilians", but also condemned anyone who encouraged Palestinians to protest at the Gaza border on Monday.

Russian Federation and China on Tuesday also raised concerns over the deadly violence.

At least 60 Palestinians were reportedly killed and thousands of others injured during clashes between Palestinian protestors and Israeli soldiers in Gaza on Monday.

"We continue to implore Israel to show greater restraint", he said.

"My request to him was to ask if there was the possibility of considering putting the inauguration of the United States embassy in Jerusalem on hold".

At this very unsafe moment in time for the Middle East, I call on all involved to return to meaningful diplomacy, to avoid escalation and show the utmost care and respect for worldwide treaties and agreements.

Port Elizabeth protest calls for worldwide response on Gaza