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Saudi Arabia slams Israeli fire in Gaza, silent on Jerusalem

AFP  |  Riyadh 

condemned Israeli gunfire today that killed at least 52 Palestinians and wounded hundreds of others, without mentioning the inauguration of the controversial

"strongly condemns the Israeli occupation forces' gunfire against unarmed Palestinian civilians which has left dozens of dead and wounded," a Saudi foreign ministry said.

The spokesperson, quoted by the kingdom's official SPA press agency, called on the international community to "take responsibility and put an end to the violence against the Palestinians", noting Riyadh's support for the "rights of the Palestinian people". The did not mention the opening of the controversial US embassy in Jerusalem, which also took place on today.

and have no formal diplomatic relations, but their ties have improved recently as the two close ranks with the US against their shared enemy -- The transfer of the embassy from to the divided holy city, enacted by US Donald Trump, was condemned by the Arab summit held in Saudi Arabia on April 17.

Israeli troops opened fire on Monday as thousands of Palestinians demonstrated along Gaza's border with the Jewish state, protesting the inauguration the US embassy and calling for Palestinian refugees to be allowed to return to homes that are now in In Qatar, strongly condemned "the massacre" of Palestinians.

Cited by Qatar's official agency, called on the international community to take action and stop "the savage killings".

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First Published: Tue, May 15 2018. 01:00 IST