Turkey Expels Israeli Ambassador Over Gaza Deaths

May 15, 2018 (DESPARDES/PKONWEB) — Israel’s ambassador to Turkey was summoned on Tuesday to the Foreign Ministry in Ankara and was asked to leave the country after Israeli gunfire claimed lives of 60 Palestinians protesting along the Gaza border on Monday over US embassy move to Jerusalem.

The Gaza Strip, or simply Gaza is a self-governing Palestinian territory on the eastern coast of the Mediterranean Sea, that borders Egypt on the southwest and Israel on the east.

Earlier today, Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan tweeted that “Netanyahu is the PM of an apartheid state [Netanyahu] has the blood of Palestinians on his hands and can’t cover up crimes by attacking Turkey.”

Meanwhile, Belgium summoned the Israeli ambassador to a meeting on Wednesday with a senior official of the Foreign Ministry as diplomatic fallout from Gaza deadly clashes continue. Belgium’s prime minister on Monday called for an international probe of the events in Gaza while linking the violence to the relocation of the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem.

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The Irish government also summoned the Israeli ambassador to express its shock and dismay over the Gaza deaths, the Irish Times reported Tuesday. Ireland has called for an independent UN investigation.

On Monday, South Africa recalled its ambassador to Israel due to the death toll in Gaza. “The South Africa government condemns in the strongest terms possible the latest act of violent aggression carried out by Israeli armed forces along the Gaza border,” the Department of International Relations and Cooperation said in a statement.

Pretoria said the decision came in response to the ‘indiscriminate and grave manner of the latest Israeli attack’ on Palestinians

Live Israeli gunfire Monday claimed the lives of 60 Palestinians as violent protests continue in Gaza.

Funerals of Monday’s casualties are expected to take place in Gaza on Tuesday. Rallies are expected in the large West Bank cities, as well as a general strike.

Other countries, including France and Germany, have condemned Israel’s reaction to Monday’s protests. Australia, on the other hand, has blamed Hamas for “confrontational” conduct.

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