Israel launches airstrikes against 'terrorist' targets in Gaza

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"The Israeli army struck targets belonging to Hamas in the northern Gaza Strip, including terrorist infrastructure and weapons-making facilities", the military said.

CARICOM today condemned the use of force by the Israel Defence Force firing on largely unarmed Palestinians protesting along the Gaza-Israel border.

Sderot Mayor Alon Davidi called upon the IDF to respond "in full force" to the bullet fire.

Vietnam is concerned about the ongoing tension and violence at the Gaza Strip and the country is on the side of peace and Palestinians, spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang of Vietnam's foreign ministry said Thursday.

For decades, the West Bank-based Abbas has pursued a strategy of independence through negotiations, hoping Washington would persuade Israel to cede the West Bank, Gaza Strip and east Jerusalem - lands it captured in 1967 - to a Palestinian state.

The day is aimed to demonstrate complete solidarity with the Palestinians in wake of Israeli troops killing dozens of Palestinians during clashes and protests along the Gaza border against the U.S. embassy opening in Jerusalem on Monday - the conflict's bloodiest day in years.

The protests, which have seen unsuccessful attempts to break through the fence, have dwindled since Monday, and the start of fasting for the Muslim holy month of Ramadan on Thursday may further lessen interest. "About 1,200 others suffered other types of injuries, including from tear gas, Palestinian sources said".

Israel has accused Hamas, with which it has fought three wars since 2008, of seeking to use the border protests as cover to carry out violence. A Hamas official said that 50 of those killed were members of the group.

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The three people who were injured were nearby and were being questioned by investigators late Tuesday night, he said. One woman who ran out of the medical facility had her face covered in blood, Shin said.

For more than six weeks, marchers have been demanding the right to return to their homes seized by Israel in the 1948 war surrounding the creation of the Jewish state.

"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.

Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, a military spokesman, said 14 of those killed Monday were actively involved in carrying out attacks.

Later in the day, gunfire from southern Gaza targeted Israeli troops, in response to which a tank targeted two Hamas "military posts" in the same region.

Guatemala on Wednesday inaugurated its Israel embassy in Jerusalem, the first country to follow in the footsteps of the United States' controversial move.

Julius Malema, one of South Africa's representatives at the Pan-African Parliament, has slammed African governments which attended the opening of the USA embassy in Jerusalem on Monday. Those talks have been stalled since 2014.

Israel occupied the West Bank and east Jerusalem in 1967 and later annexed east Jerusalem in a move never recognised by the global community.

"We are very disappointed at African countries which had celebrated the declaration of Jerusalem as the official capital city of Israel by the USA".

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