Israel says its planes bombed militant targets in Gaza

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A top Hamas official said on Wednesday that fifty members of the group were among sixty killed in Monday's clashes with Israeli troops along the Gaza-Israel border.

Monday was the deadliest day of cross-border violence in Gaza since a 2014 war with Israel.

Monday's violence took place as the United States opened its new embassy in Jerusalem.

"The branding of the riots as "peaceful protests" could not be further from the truth", an Israeli military spokesman said.

An extraordinary session of the Arab League Council took place on Wednesday to review means of confronting the US decision to move its Israeli embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

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Hamas in a statement on Thursday signalled it could resort to its weapons in response to this week's violence, but many analysts see the possibility as unlikely for now. Turkey's ambassador to Tel Aviv had already been recalled, as had Turkey's ambassador in Washington.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel had tallied similar numbers to Hamas and "won't let those who call for our destruction to breach our borders and to threaten our communities". "This is a blasphemous statement", Lavrov said.

"They were keen these marches do not slide into armed confrontations and we agree with the brothers in Egypt over that", Sinwar said in an interview on Al Jazeera television. Clouds of black smoke from tires set afire by the protesters filled the sky.

Netanyahu said on Twitter: "Every country has an obligation to defend its borders".

Hamas has been designated as a terrorist group by the U.S. Department of State for more than two decades. "We will continue to act with determination to protect our sovereignty and citizens".

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Paraguay is expected to follow the U.S and Guatemala's lead, and plans to relocate their embassy to Jerusalem in the coming weeks. In Israel, we or our ambassador pass after paying.

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In his video remarks, Trump described the moving of the American diplomatic outpost to Jerusalem as "a long time coming". Nakba, Arabic for catastrophe, is a term used for the flight and expulsion of an estimated 700,000 Palestinians upon Israel's creation. But he did not mention the violence.

Trump's move reversed decades of USA policy, upsetting the Arab world and Western allies. Israel's military said those comments proved the protests were not peaceful.

The U.S. says it has the right to decide where to put its embassy, and Haley said Tuesday the decision simply recognized "reality".

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Replying to questions on Vietnam's reaction to the US's opening of its embassy in Jerusalem and the rising tension in the region, the spokesperson said that Vietnam protests the use of violence and calls for restraint and an end to escalating tension.

Mr Varadkar condemned the Israeli actions and the border yesterday.

"It reflects our sovereign right to decide the location of our embassy".

The Palestinians, who seek east Jerusalem as capital of their hoped-for state, vehemently oppose the U.S. Embassy's relocation from Tel Aviv, seeing it as a one-sided move that invalidates the U.S.as a Mideast peace broker.

According to him, the most effective step to stop Israel's aggressive activity could be an worldwide military, economic and political boycott against Tel Aviv.

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