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Hamas using embassy as 'excuse' for violence: US

AFP  |  Washington 

Hamas, the Islamist movement that rules Gaza, is using the controversial unveiling of the as an "excuse" to encourage violence, the said today, after Israeli forces killed 60 Palestinians during protests.

When pressed by journalists in Washington, State Department refused to follow other Western countries in calling for restraint from Israel, or even all parties.

"This is a complex region," Nauert said.

While asserting that "we regret the loss of life; we regret the loss of all life," Nauert also reiterated the position: "has a right to defend itself." Nauert declined to link the violence with the new American embassy, unveiled Monday after the unilaterally recognized as Israel's capital.

The Palestinians claim east as the capital of their future state.

"We have watched the demonstrations over the past six weeks. These demonstrations are nothing new," Nauert said. "If wants to use that as an excuse to rile people up and to encourage violence, that is their choice. It's an irresponsible choice." is coming under mounting international pressure and calls for an independent probe over the violence.

Palestinians yesterday marked the Nakba, or "catastrophe," commemorating the more than 700,000 Palestinians who fled or were expelled in the 1948 war surrounding Israel's creation.

Protests and sporadic incidents flared again yesterday on the border, though they were far fewer in number than the previous day, with two Palestinians killed by Israeli fire, Gaza's health ministry said.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 04:41 IST