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Istanbul summit urges international force to protect Palestinians

A summit in Istanbul of Muslim heads of state on Friday called for the creation of an international peacekeeping force to protect the Palestinians, as host Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Israel of “brutality” comparable to the Nazis. The 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) — seeking to bridge severe differences within the Muslim…

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Pakistan observing Palestine Solidarity Day

Pakistan is observing “Palestine Solidarity Day” against the Israeli atrocities against Palestinians in Gaza. Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, in a statement, said that Pakistan will continue its support to Palestinians on every platform. Rallies and conferences have been organized in which the issue will be discussed. Meanwhile, leaders of the Hurriyat conference have called…

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Israel says Hamas curbed Gaza protests after Egyptian warning

Palestinian protests on the Gaza-Israel border have dropped off dramatically, with Israel on Wednesday pointing to what it said were Egyptian efforts to restore calm after dozens of Palestinians were killed by Israeli gunfire. Gaza’s dominant Islamist Hamas movement, denying any pressure from neighboring Egypt to scale back the six-week-old demonstrations, said they would continue,…

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Lebanese actor draws attention to Palestinian suffering at Cannes

Lebanese actor Manal Issa held a sign that read “Stop the Attack on Gaza” at the premiere of Solo: A Star Wars Story at the Cannes film Festival on Tuesday. Lebanese actress Manal Issa on the red carpet at the premiere for the new Star Wars film 🇵🇸🇱🇧 pic.twitter.com/XlWNmbr79Y — Amal (@HannunAmal) May 16, 2018…

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Pakistan to observe Palestine Solidarity Day

Pakistan will observe Palestine Solidarity Day on Friday. Palestinians on Tuesday marked the Nakba, or “catastrophe”, commemorating the more than 700,000 Palestinians who fled or were expelled in the 1948 war surrounding Israel’s creation. On Monday, tens of thousands had gathered near the border while smaller numbers of stone-throwing Palestinians approached the fence and sought…

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Turkey and Israel exchange jibes, expulsions in escalating row

Turkey and Israel on Tuesday ordered envoys to leave in tit-for-tat moves and exchanged bitter accusations as a row over the Israeli army’s killing of dozens of Palestinians threatened a 2016 reconciliation deal. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan hit back at Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Twitter by calling Israel an “apartheid state” as Ankara…

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Kuwait wants draft Gaza resolution, US defends Israel

  The UN Security Council held an emergency meeting Tuesday on the violence in Gaza, with Kuwait preparing a draft resolution to protect Palestinian civilians and the United States defending ally Israel’s use of “restraint.” The emergency talks began at UN headquarters in New York with a moment of silence to honor the 60 Palestinians…

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Israel faces outcry after 60 killed on Gaza border

Israel was under mounting international pressure amid calls Tuesday for an independent probe after its forces killed 60 Palestinians during violence along the Gaza border as the United States opened an embassy in Jerusalem. Protests and sporadic clashes flared again on the Gaza border, though they were far fewer in number than the previous day,…

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Israel orders Turkish consul in Jerusalem to leave

Israel ordered the Turkish consul in Jerusalem to leave for an unspecified period of time Tuesday, the foreign ministry said, after Turkey demanded the same of the Israeli ambassador in Ankara over violence on the Gaza border. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan had also launched a bitter attack on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, saying…

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Gaza toll rises to 59 with more protests against Israel planned

Fresh protests were expected Tuesday a day after Israeli forces killed 59 Palestinians during clashes and protests along the Gaza border against the US embassy opening in Jerusalem in the conflict’s bloodiest day in years. Palestinians on Tuesday mark the Nakba, or “catastrophe,” commemorating the more than 700,000 Palestinians who fled or were expelled in…

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US blocks call for independent Gaza inquiry at UN: diplomats

The United States on Monday blocked the adoption of a UN Security Council statement that would have called for an independent probe of deadly violence on the Israel-Gaza border, which erupted as the new US embassy in Jerusalem was opened, diplomats said. “The Security Council expresses its outrage and sorrow at the killing of Palestinian…

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Erdogan accuses Israel of ‘genocide’ over Gaza deaths

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Monday accused Israel of “state terror” and “genocide” after Israeli forces killed at least 55 Palestinians on the Gaza border. In one of his most vehement broadsides ever against the Jewish state, Erdogan also announced three days of national mourning over the deaths, as well as a giant protest…

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Israeli forces kill 55 in Gaza clashes as US opens Jerusalem embassy

Israeli forces killed 55 Palestinians on the Gaza border in the conflict’s bloodiest day in years on Monday as clashes and protests coincided with the deeply controversial opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem. The surge in fatalities led South Africa to recall its ambassador in Israel “with immediate effect until further notice” while condemning…

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Arab League blasts ‘shameful’ countries celebrating US embassy move

Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit on Monday blasted as “shameful” countries that are celebrating the opening of the US embassy in Israel in the disputed holy city of Jerusalem. “It is shameful to see countries participating with the US and Israel in celebrating the former’s embassy move to occupied Jerusalem in a clear and…

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Israeli forces kill 28 in Gaza protests as anger mounts over U.S. Embassy

Israeli forces killed at least 28 Palestinians along the Gaza border on Monday, health officials said, as demonstrators streamed to the frontier on the day the United States prepared to open its embassy in Jerusalem. It was the highest Palestinian single-day death toll since a series of protests dubbed the “Great March of Return” began…

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Israeli military drops warning leaflets into Gaza as border protests build

The Israeli military dropped leaflets and fired tear gas into Gaza early on Monday, warning Palestinians to stay away from the border with Israel as protesters gathered for the penultimate day of a six-week demonstration. Protests are expected to escalate on Monday, the 70th anniversary of the foundation of Israel and the day the US…

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Eleven Iranians killed in Israel strikes on Syria

Beirut, Lebanon: At least 11 Iranians were among those killed in unprecedented Israeli strikes on Syria this week, a monitor said Saturday. “At least 27 pro-regime fighters were killed” in Thursday’s strikes, said Rami Abdel Rahman, director of the Britain-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. He said “six Syrian soldiers and 21 foreign fighters, including…

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Trump to address Jerusalem embassy opening by video: official

President Donald Trump will address around 800 US and Israeli dignitaries at the ceremonial opening of the American embassy in Jerusalem by video on Monday, the US ambassador said. It was not immediately clear from Ambassador David Friedman’s comment, on a call with reporters, whether Trump would speak via a live videolink or a pre-recorded…

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Iran turns to diplomacy amid high regional tensions

Iran’s foreign minister will embark on a diplomatic tour to try to salvage the nuclear deal amid high tensions following the US withdrawal and global fears over reports of unprecedented clashes with Israel in Syria. Mohammad Javad Zarif will leave late Saturday for visits to Beijing, Moscow and Brussels, a spokesman said Friday, holding meetings…

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Iran does not want ‘new tensions’ in Mideast: Rouhani

Iran does not want “new tensions” in the Middle East, President Hassan Rouhani told German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Thursday, after Israel carried out strikes against what it called Iranian targets in Syria. “Iran has always sought to reduce tensions in the region, trying to strengthen security and stability,” Rouhani told Merkel in a telephone…

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Syrian army shoots down dozens of Israeli missiles: state media

The Syrian army early Thursday shot down dozens of Israeli missiles launched at Syria, state media said citing a military source, as tensions escalated in the region. “Dozens of missiles were shot down in Syrian airspace by anti-aircraft systems,” the official SANA news agency said, without specifying if the missiles were aimed at the Syrian…

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