United Nations rights chief backs investigation into Israeli killings in Gaza

Posted May 18, 2018

People from all over the world showed their solidarity with the people of Gaza after Israeli troops shot dead dozens of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border on Monday when the high-profile opening of the United States embassy to Israel in Jerusalem raised the tension to boiling point after weeks of demonstrations.

Foreign Minister Winston Peters this week called the deaths "highly regrettable", and Israeli ambassador Itzhak Gerberg was called into the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade to have the concerns of the Government conveyed to him.

"We also slam the use of the veto by the USA to undermine the Security Council from carrying out its duty to achieve a transparent and impartial probe towards the massacres committed by Israel against the Palestinian people".

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"At the same time, we stress that the US decision to transfer the US Embassy to Jerusalem has complicated the situation".

"My first words are to deplore the tragic loss of lives and suffering in Gaza and to express my deep sadness and condolences to the Palestinian people", Guterres said in a statement read by Deputy Secretary General Louise Frechette at the UN's NY headquarters.

The issue of Jerusalem is one of the factors in the final solution to the Palestinian-Israeli conflict and it must therefore be resolved through negotiations and related Security Council resolutions, they added.

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Mevlut Cavusoglu made the comment at an opening address of an emergency meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which Turkey called after Israeli forces killed dozens of protesters in Gaza.

In addition to the Arab countries, China, France, Brazil, Sweden, and Switzerland were among the 51 countries who supported the special session.

The foreign ministers renewed their rejection and condemnation of Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, decrying it as a blatant violation of global law and related United Nations resolutions and a threat to worldwide peace and security.

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UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres voiced strong disapproval Thursday over the "tragic loss of lives" in the Gaza Strip after Israel killed scores of Palestinian demonstrators earlier in the week.