Guatemala opens Israeli embassy in Jerusalem after USA move

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has condemned the killing of dozens of Palestinians on the Gaza border

While the Palestinian government called the Israeli crackdown a "terrible massacre", Israel denied accusations of using excessive force against the protesters, insisting the crackdown is justified to protect its border.

On Monday, Abbas slammed the new USA embassy in Jerusalem as a "settlement outpost" and vowed that the Palestinians will not take parts in peace talks brokered by the Americans "in any way, shape or form". For the past six weeks, Palestinians have been holding Gaza border demonstrations for the return of Palestinian refugees to areas that are now part of Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu attends a special cabinet meeting marking Jerusalem Day, at the Bible Lands Museum in Jerusalem May 13, 2018.

Mr. Trump's announcement that he was recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital, and moving the embassy from Tel Aviv, swept aside 70 years of American neutrality.

During the war surrounding Israel's creation in 1948, more than 700,000 Palestinians fled or were expelled from their homes. The US embassy move has been universally condemned. The Israeli military, which has come under worldwide criticism for firing on unarmed protesters, said Hamas militants tried to carry out bombing and shooting attacks under the cover of the protests and released video of protesters ripping away parts of the barbed-wire border fence.

Some youths hurled rocks and petrol bombs at Israeli troops.

Netanyahu profusely praised Guatemala for making the move and noted that it came only two days after the USA opened its embassy in Jerusalem. "The marches will continue until our people achieve their goals".

IDF released footage of a Hamas terrorist explaining how the group manipulated Palestinians in Gaza to rush the border with Israel.

HAMAS said 50 of the people killed by Israeli forces on the Gaza border this week were its fighters.

While some members said the U.N.'s most powerful body needed to speak as one to try to calm the volatile situation - and the Palestinian envoy implored, "When are you going to act?" - a proposed statement had stalled Monday after the USA blocked it.

Palestinians and rights groups say protesters are being shot despite posing no threat to Israeli soldiers on the other side of the heavily guarded fence.

"We have no choice but to stop the North-South high-level talk scheduled for the 16th under the ugly circumstances where there is indiscreet North-invading war fuss and fight rampage", KCNA said.

Israel was criticised internationally for killing unarmed Palestinians.

Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war, but it is not recognised by global community. "So it was very hard", said Marie-Elisabeth Ingres, Doctors Without Borders' representative in the Occupied Palestinian Territories.

"The summit will focus on the attitude and actions to be taken by Muslim countries in solidarity and cooperation with the Palestinian State and its people in order to defend the causes of Palestine and Jerusalem", Kalin added.

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