Gaza killings: Tánaiste summons Israeli ambassador to express Ireland's 'shock and dismay'

Elias Hubbard
May 16, 2018

The ministry said Irish officials in Ramallah reported that health services in Gaza, already stretched because of a lack of equipment and essential medicines, were "overwhelmed with the level of casualties".

"As well as the death and mass injury, Ireland is also very disturbed by the injuries suffered by health workers as reported by the World Health Organization".

Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has spoken out against the atrocities in Palestine following the killing of more than 60 Gazans during a protest against the United States moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, and the right to return to their homes in Israel near the Gaza-Israel border.

The Republic of Ireland's minister for foreign affairs has met the Israeli ambassador after summoning him to express "outrage" at the deaths and injuries in Gaza. The Minister will also brief the Cabinet on the situation in Gaza this morning.

According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, at least 60 Palestinian demonstrators have been martyred by cross-border Israeli gunfire in one of the deadliest single day massacres in the country's history.

The White House also blamed Hamas for the violence.

UK Prime Minister Theresa May has urged Israel to show restraint in the Gaza Strip amid the rallies.

He said he had visited Gaza and seen the atrocities first-hand and quoted his grandfather: "Our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinian people". The Palestinians supported us, the formerly oppressed people of South Africa, during our struggle against oppression.

He called on the global community to take "immediate action" and try Israeli leaders as "war criminals in worldwide courts".

The death toll led to strong condemnation from rights groups and concern from a range of countries.

The United States yesterday transferred its Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to the disputed city of Jerusalem in a move that infuriated the Palestinians and was widely condemned.

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

Fresh protests are expected today as Palestinians mark the Nakba, or "catastrophe", commemorating the more than 700,000 Palestinians who fled or were expelled in the 1948 war surrounding Israel's creation.

The US decision to transfer its Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, while welcomed by Israel, infuriated the Palestinians and was widely criticized by the worldwide community.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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