Israeli airstrikes target militant sites in Gaza

PE protesters join rage against Israel

VIDEO: Hamas Leader Admits Gaza Protests are Not Peaceful

The foreign ministers' meeting is being held upon the request of Saudi Arabia, which presides the current session of the Arab Summit, in order to reach a unified Arab decision regarding the Israeli aggression against Palestinians and the unlawful decision to move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, assistant Secretary-General of the Arab League, Hossam Zaki, previously stated.

It was the first nation to join the United States in making the move and formally recognizing the contested city as Israel's capital, and brought Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and a list of prominent U.S. delegates.

Israel, which has faced blistering worldwide criticism over its response, is likely to latch on to the remarks to bolster its claims that Hamas has used the weekly border protests as cover to stage attacks.

"Israel, which is supported by the USA, can go further in terms of its expansionist strategy in the region despite the fact that its actions have no legal justification", Atlioglu underscored, warning of possible new casualties among Palestinians in the near future.

Israel, however, regards all of the city, including the eastern sector it captured in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed, as its "eternal and indivisible capital" in a move that has not won global recognition. Palestinian officials say the vast majority of the casualties have been unarmed protesters.

Dubbed the March of Return, the protests were launched on March 30 to assert the right of Palestinians to return to homes lost to Israel during its founding in 1948.

Countries have summoned and recalled ambassadors, the United Nations has issued condemnations and some have called for an investigation of Israel's actions.

The strikes followed earlier retaliation by the IDF against Hamas positions on Wednesday, when an Israeli tank targeted a group which reportedly opened machine gun fire on its soldiers.

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Israeli forces killed 59 Palestinians during clashes and protests along the Gaza border on Monday against the United States embassy opening in Jerusalem in the conflict's bloodiest day in years.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday lashed out at the worldwide "silence" over the killing by Israeli fire of dozens of Palestinians on the Gaza border.

She said, "Let's remember that the Hamas terrorist organization has been inciting violence for years, long before the United States chose to move our embassy".

Maliki also said members of the Arab League, whose foreign ministers gathered in Cairo on Thursday for an extraordinary meeting to discuss the issue, should summon USA ambassadors "to remind them of the Arab rejection of the US embassy's transfer to Jerusalem".

"Behind the protests is Hamas, which governs Gaza and is regarded as a terrorist group by the U.S., Israel and the European Union".

The Palestinian health ministry says a man was moderately wounded by shrapnel, but didn't say whether he was inside a militant site or nearby.

But the organizers of the Hamas-led border marches rejected two of the trucks, which had come from Israel, despite widespread shortages of key supplies. Many Palestinians say they only hope to draw attention to the worsening conditions under Israel's blockade. Romania, the Czech Republic and Honduras have said they are considering doing the same.

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