S/Africa calls for withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza Strip

  • S/Africa calls for withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza Strip

S/Africa calls for withdrawal of Israeli forces from Gaza Strip

"I am deeply distressed and brokenhearted by the massacre perpetrated by the State of Israel in Gaza yesterday", Tutu, a stalwart of South Africa's fight against racial inequality, said in a statement.

Simon Coveney summoned the country's Ambassador to Iveagh House earlier where he called for restraint in the days and hours ahead.

In a statement released afterwards, a spokesperson for Mr Coveney said: "Our mission in Ramallah reports that emergency responders in Gaza and the Strips' health services are overwhelmed with the level of casualties".

The clashes happened at a time when a ceremony was being held to mark the opening of the USA embassy to Israel in Jerusalem after it was relocated from Tel Aviv.

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.

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. "Israel is facing a real danger with the incitement by Hamas of its own population to storm the security fence and attack Israeli civilians".

Russian Federation and China on Tuesday also raised concerns over the deadly violence. "We call on both sides, especially Israel, to maintain restraint and avoid further tension and escalation of the situation", Lu said.

But the United Nations human rights office was heavily critical of Israel's use of force.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirım called on Muslim countries to reassess their relations with Israel due to the deaths, Reuters reported.

Protests are being held across Ireland later in response to the ongoing violence in Gaza.

He called on the global community to take "immediate action" and try Israeli leaders as "war criminals in worldwide courts".

"The constant and continued crimes of the Zionists in Palestine is the result of the unsparing support of the US", Ghasemi said. The day before she had expressed her opposition to the USA decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem and stated that London had no plans to do the same.

The US decision to transfer its Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, while welcomed by Israel, infuriated the Palestinians and was widely criticized by the global community.