United Nations mulls sending global war crimes probe to Gaza

Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli forces near the Gaza Israel border

Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli forces near the Gaza Israel border

The Arab league called on Thursday for an worldwide probe into alleged crimes by Israeli forces against Palestinians on the Gaza border that left dozens killed.

The Palestinians, who seek east Jerusalem as capital of their hoped-for state and vehemently oppose the USA move, recalled their ambassadors to four European countries that had supported it.

Arab foreign ministers are to hold an extraordinary meeting on Thursday in Cairo to discuss the border violence.

They also stressed that the transfer of the United States embassy to Jerusalem will threaten the region's stability and global peace and security.

For the past few weeks, Hamas, the terrorist group that also doubles as the government of the Gaza Strip, helped fuel violent protests along the Israeli border.

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley, meanwhile, said Hamas had stirred the violence and Israel had acted shown "restraint".

The issue of Jerusalem is one of the factors in the final solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and it must therefore be resolved through negotiations and related Security Council resolutions, they added.

Russian Federation has also expressed its concerns over the escalation in the Gaza Strip, urging all parties to exercise restraint and reaffirming its adherence to a two-state solution, while European nations, such as Germany and France, have condemned the violence by Israel, with French President Emmanuel Macron reiterating his opposition to the transfer of the U.S. diplomatic premises to Jerusalem.

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Now Hamas has used its supporters to besiege its borders with Israel to force a mass excursion into that state. There are no reported injuries from the strikes, to the Jerusalem Post.

Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman and the Coordinator of Government Activities in the Territories (COGAT), Israel's liaison agency with the Palestinians, made a decision to ease movement restrictions set during the heightened tensions of recent days, allowing easier passage into Israel of West Bank Palestinians with permits.

Lieberman halted Israel's cooperation with the council during his stint as foreign minister in 2012.

"Today, we follow through on this recognition and open our embassy in the historic and sacred land of Jerusalem".

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres and the European Union have also called for an independent investigation. There have been numerous calls for an independent investigation into the deaths, with Britain, Germany, Canada and Switzerland among those supporting such action.

"This shameful draft resolution is a proposal to support Hamas' war crimes against Israel and the residents of Gaza who are being sent to die for the sake of preserving Hamas' rule", he said in a statement.

Israeli snipers, perched behind sand berms, opened fire from the other side of the fence, killing 59 Palestinians and wounding hundreds.

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