Death toll in Gaza rises to 59, more protests against Israel planned
NEW DELHI Israel faced massive criticism on Monday after Israeli forces shot dead at least 59 Palestinians in Gaza during protests coinciding with the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem, said media reports on Tuesday.
The Palestinians, who seek east Jerusalem as their capital, have cut off ties with the Trump administration and say the US is unfit to serve as a mediator. Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed the area in a move that is not internationally recognised.
Gaza’s health ministry said most of the 59 Palestinians who were killed on Monday were shot by Israeli snipers. The deaths included a baby who died because of suffocation from tear gas along with eight children under the age of 16, the ministry said. At least 2,400 others were also injured on Monday.
The death toll led to strong condemnation from rights groups and concern from a range of countries.
Many countries, including Turkey, United Kingdom and France have condemned the attack.