Fresh protests against Israel are expected in the Palestinian territories. Israel faced international condemnation after Gaza had its bloodiest day in years on Monday when Israeli forces killed 59 Palestinians and wounded at least 2,700 during protests against
the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem.
Τhe UN Security Council will convene this afternoon at 5, to discuss the situation.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas declared on Monday three days of mourning. Turkey also declared 3 days of mourning in solidarity with Palestine.
Turkey said it would recall its ambassadors to the US and Israel, and its president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, described Israel’s actions as “genocide”.
South Africa also recalled its ambassador.
French president Emmanuel Macron “condemned the violence of the Israeli armed forces against protesters” in a telephone conversation with Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas and Jordan’s King Abdullah II.
He also reaffirmed criticism of the US decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem.
Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, joined the US in blaming Hamas for the deaths, and defended his country’s use of force, saying “every country has the obligation to defend its borders”.