Follow the latest developments in Gaza as the funerals take place of dozens of Palestinians shot dead by the Israeli forces in protests at the US moving its embassy to Jerusalem
Palestinians are clashing with Israeli troops in the West Bank, AP reports.
The Economist’s Gregg Carlstrom has this update from the funeral of eight-month-old Laila al-Ghandour.
At the funeral of an 8-month-old baby in Gaza. Her mother left her home and went to the protest yesterday. The girl started crying uncontrollably, so her uncle brought her to her mother, and she died from tear gas. pic.twitter.com/kE6M1dQH4J
The border between Gaza and Israel has been largely quiet today, but Reuters reporter Dan Williams said he just witnessed an Israeli drone dropping teargas on small crowds gathered at the border. More protesters are expected after the funerals.
An Israeli drone dropping tear gas on a Palestinian protest encampment in Sajayia, as seen from the Israeli side of the Gaza border, 80 yards from the fence. Small crowds, for now, but more are expected after the funerals of yesterday’s dead. pic.twitter.com/dem20SaEPF
Tens of thousands of people are attending the funerals in Gaza, according to Haaretz.
The video agency Ruptly has disturbing footage of the first funerals. WARNING: graphic images.
Here’s what we know so far:
The World Health Organisation says the number of protesters wounded in border clashes with Israel was “very overwhelming” for Gaza’s health system, AP reports.
Citing figures from the Health Ministry and a group of aid agencies, WHO official Mahmoud Daher said that 2,771 people were wounded in Monday’s unrest.
Protests against Israel are underway in Cape Town in South Africa.
[Listen] The South African Government has withdrawn its ambassador to Israel after a deadly attack in the Gaza Strip in which more than 50 civilians were killed. https://t.co/xvEpHpnd2g
The funerals of some of those killed in Monday’s violence are getting underway.
AFP has more on the concerns of the UN’s human rights office:
It said it seemed that any Palestinian protesting in Gaza, regardless of whether they pose an imminent threat, is “liable” to be killed by Israeli forces.
Another child has died from injuries sustained in Monday’s protests taking the death toll to 60, according to Gaza’s health ministry.
Talal Adel Ibrahim Matar (16) who was wounded by Israeli soldiers yesterday, died from his wounds this morning, according to Haaretz citing the ministry.
#BREAKING: 16-year-old Talal Adel Ibrahim Matar, who was wounded by Israeli soldiers yesterday, died from his wounds this morning – #Gaza MoH.
Since the #GreatReturnMarch protests started, the Israeli army killed 14 minors in Gaza – the youngest was only 8 months old pic.twitter.com/ib5GQFBCNq
The UK foreign secretary, Boris Johnson, has urged Israel to show restraint in the use of live rounds. He also repeated the UK’s disagreement with the Trump administration over the relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem. He said it was “playing the wrong card at the wrong time”.
The UN human rights office, which is led by Zeid Raad Al Hussein, said it is extremely concerned about what may happen in Gaza later today.
The rules on the use of force under int’l law have been repeated many times but appear to be ignored again and again. It seems anyone is liable to be shot dead or injured: women, children, press, first responders, bystanders, & at almost any point up to 700m from the fence.
The funerals of many of the victims of Monday’s violence are due to get underway after noon prayers which are taking place now.
In an interview with Bloomberg, Turkey’s president Reccep Tayip Erdoğan blamed Donald Trump and Benjamin Netanyahu for Monday’s killings.
EXCLUSIVE: Turkey’s President Erdogan says Trump and Israeli PM Netanyahu are responsible for the death of at least 55 Palestinians in Gaza https://t.co/m8oytB3HhZ #tictocnews pic.twitter.com/7NouhA6Wgy
The humanitarian NGO Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), which is treating some of the wounded Palestinians in Gaza, has issued a strongly-worded statement against Israel’s “disproportionate” use of force.
It is unbearable to witness such a massive number of unarmed people being shot in such a short time.
Our medical teams are working around the clock, as they have done since 1 April. providing surgical and postoperative care to men, women, and children, and they will continue to do so tonight, tomorrow, and as long as they are needed. In one of the hospitals where we are working, the chaotic situation is comparable to what we observed after the bombings of the 2014 war, with a colossal influx of injured people in a few hours, completely overwhelming the medical staff. Our teams carried out more than 30 surgical interventions today, sometimes on two or three patients in the same operating theatre, and even in the corridors.
They are now back at work with Ministry of Health teams to operate on 6 more patients, including 4 vascular cases pic.twitter.com/gFhV39R0Yx
There has been furious diplomatic reaction to the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem and Israel’s violent response to the protests.
UN general secretary António Guterres said he is “profoundly alarmed and concerned by the sharp escalation of violence and the number of Palestinians killed and injured in the Gaza protests.” He also called for restraint on both sides.
I am profoundly alarmed and concerned by the sharp escalation of violence and the number of Palestinians killed and injured in the Gaza protests. It is imperative that everyone shows the utmost restraint to avoid further loss of life.
His Majesty King Abdullah II, in phone call with President Emmanuel Macron, warns that moving the US embassy will have dangerous implications on security and stability in the Middle East, and will provoke Muslims and Christians #Jordan
BREAKING: Israeli ambassador to Dublin summoned by the Irish foreign minister regarding the Gaza clashes
The Palestinian baby who died from teargas inhalation in Monday’s protests has been named as Laila al-Ghandour, according to Haaretz.
#BREAKING: 8-month-old Laila Al-Ghandoor died tonight after suffering from tear gas inhalation during the #GreatReturnMarch protests yesterday – #Gaza MoH. @realDonaldTrump blocked #UNSC resolution condemning the killing of 59 Palestinians, including 7 minors, by Israeli forces pic.twitter.com/mml3AAzJk5
Reuters photographer Ibraheem Abu Mustafa said he came across an acquaintance who uses a wheelchair on Monday morning as he was covering the protest.
“Today, this morning, I said ‘Hi’ to a man,” he recalls. “By the end of the day I was at his funeral.”
This photo of Fadi Abu Saleh, a Palestinian in Gaza confronting Israeli soldiers, was widely circulated last week. Israeli troops shot him dead today pic.twitter.com/MbUmF22m6j
Israel’s ambassador to the UK, Mark Regev, has defended Israel’s use of live fire against the Palestinian protesters.
I reject that this was somehow a spontaneous protest. If people want to protest against Israel inside Gaza, of course they can do so … but we are talking about people storming the border with the idea to damage the border fence to come into Israel and hurt our people on our side of the frontier.
The people of Gaza live a very difficult life. But that’s because they live in a prison controlled by Hamas – a theocratic authoritarian regime that instead of investing its energy and resources into building a better life for the people of Gaza, invests its efforts in a Holy War against Israel.
The UN Security Council is set to meet later on Tuesday to discuss the violence along the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, AP reports.
Kuwait called for the session after more than 50 Palestinians were killed by Israeli gunfire amid mass protests Monday. Israel said its troops were defending its border.
Kuwait circulated a draft of a statement expressing “outrage and sorrow” at the killings and seeking an independent investigation.
Alistair Burt, the UK minister for the Middle East, has expressed extreme concern about the “large volume of live fire” by Israel.
But in a carefully-worded statement he also said it was “deplorable” that extremist had sought to exploit the protests. Here’s the statement in full:
The violence today in Gaza and the West Bank has been shocking. The loss of life and the large number of injured Palestinians is tragic, and it is extremely worrying that the number of those killed continues to rise.
Such violence is destructive to peace efforts. We have been clear that the UK supports the Palestinians’ right to protest, but these protests must be peaceful.
The Israeli military says its aircraft have struck a number of Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip in response to Monday’s border protests.
The IDF said it struck 11 “terror targets” in a Hamas military compound. Tanks targeted another two Hamas posts in the Gaza Strip.
The IDF will continue to prevent mass terror attacks, which have largely been orchestrated by the Hamas terror organization. All terror activity will be met with a harsh response. IDF troops will continue to defend Israel & its civilians
We are again live blogging the latest from Gaza and the West Bank where further protests are expected when the funerals take place of dozens of Palestinians shot dead by Israeli forces on Monday.
Palestinian health officials say 58 people were killed in Gaza when they were protesting over the US opening its new embassy in Jerusalem.