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Israel defends Gaza action as 55 dies

IANS  |  Jerusalem 

After a deadliest day of violence killed 55 and wounded 2,700 Palestinians, Israeli said his military acted in self-defence against Gaza's Islamist rulers, Hamas, who he said wanted to destroy Israel, the media reported.

The violence on Monday coincided with the dedication ceremony for the The transfer of the from had incensed Palestinians, who already claim eastern as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

Netanyahu defended his military, saying: "Every country has an obligation to defend its borders.

"The terrorist organisation declares its intention to destroy and sends thousands to breach the border fence in order to achieve this goal. We will continue to act with determination to protect our sovereignty and our citizens."

said some 40,000 Palestinians had taken part in the "violent riots" at 13 locations along the Strip security fence, the reported.

Palestinians hurled stones and incendiary devices, while the used tear gas and live fire from snipers, the reported.

An Defence Forces (IDF) said soldiers fired on those engaged in "terrorist activity and not on demonstrators, who were dispersed by usual means such as tear gas and according to the rules of engagement".

Announcing three days of mourning, said: "Today once again, the massacres against our people continue."

Palestinians were demonstrating on Monday as they have been for six weeks as part of a protest, orchestrated by Hamas, called the "Great March of Return".

However, Monday's protests, and more planned for Tuesday, were the culmination that mark in 1948, and what Palestinians term the 'Nakba' or Catastrophe.

It refers to the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians, who subsequently fled their homes or were displaced in the war that followed, the said.

There were clashes between and protesters who raised Palestinian flags outside the new embassy in and several protesters were detained.

said the border protests were being stepped up for Tuesday.



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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 10:02 IST