Palestinians Rally for Gaza Funerals

Ibraheem Abu Mustafa  Reuters                   A wounded Palestinian is evacuated during the protest

Ibraheem Abu Mustafa Reuters A wounded Palestinian is evacuated during the protest

But Ms Thornberry said Monday's events were the result of "an apparently calculated and deliberate policy to kill and maim unarmed protesters, who posed no threat to the forces on the Gaza border". The ministry said that in addition, a 9-month-old girl died from tear gas exposure, but medical officials later cast doubt on that claim, saying the infant had a pre-existing medical condition.

Monday was the bloodiest single day for Palestinians since the Gaza conflict in 2014.

Some funerals were held on Monday, while others were taking place Tuesday.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas called the Israeli actions "massacres".

"We have no side here, except with the victims", he said, calling for an investigation into why so much live ammunition was used.

Yildirim said that Turkey had called an "extraordinary summit" of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) on Friday. Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan now holds the rotating chairmanship of the body. The military has said presumably less lethal rubber-coated steel pellets are not effective in keeping demonstrators from the fence.

A pro-Palestinian demonstrator waves flags during a protest against the USA embassy move to Jerusalem, near the Israeli consulate in Istanbul, Turkey May 15, 2018.

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Rep. Markwayne Mullin, a Westville Republican, said Monday marks a new chapter in Israeli-Palestinian relations and long-running peace efforts in that region.

"We urge Israel to show restraint", she added.

The EFF added that the South African government was a key beneficiary of global boycotts and "must take the lead".

Ian Lee reported from Gaza, and Abeer Salman reported from Jerusalem.

Sisulu also said she wants to reach out to the South African Jewish community and sit down with them to explain why it is unacceptable. "The mere fact of approaching a fence is not a lethal, life-threatening act, so that does not warrant being shot", said United Nations spokesman Rupert Colville.

"The act of brutality by Israel with disproportionate use of force in the name of self defence is a clear violation of worldwide law", it said.

Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, decried Israel's actions.

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"The killing of defenseless Palestinian children, women and people, and the occupation of Palestinian territories, have turned into the Zionists' main strategy during the past 70 years when the Palestinian land has been under occupation", he regretted.

He called on global organizations and bodies to take prompt action without any hesitation to bring the Tel Aviv regime to the worldwide Criminal Court as a war criminal.

The move by the USA would only further strengthen the resolution and determination of the oppressed Palestinians in confronting and resisting occupation, it said.

"All these cases show that America intends to destroy the worldwide institution of the United Nations", he told parliament on Tuesday.

Netanyahu said on Twitter Monday every country is obligated to defend its borders.

The bloodshed came as the United States officially opened its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem, a controversial move given the city is also claimed as the capital of Palestine.

US Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley on Tuesday defended Israel's use of force against Palestinian demonstrators in Gaza and walked out of a UN Security Council session as Palestine's envoy, Riyad Mansour, began to speak.

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