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COMMENTARY: There’s no easy fix to the Gaza mess, but threatening to flatten Hamas will help

Gaza hospitals struggle to cope with high casualty toll following clashes at border. The killings this week, which left 60 dead on Monday, occurred during a large protest, involving tens of thousands of people, along the fence that constitutes Israel’s southern border with Gaza.

Matt Gurney is host of The Exchange with Matt Gurney on Global News Radio 640 Toronto and a columnist for Global News.

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Global News -
Gaza hospitals struggle to cope with high casualty toll following clashes at border

Patients with gunshot wounds filled wards and hallways in Gaza’s under-equipped and overwhelmed main hospital Tuesday, with dozens still waiting in line for surgery a day after Israeli soldiers shot and killed 59 Palestinians and wounded hundreds in mass protests on the Gaza border.

The high casualty toll triggered a diplomatic backlash against Israel and new charges of excessive use of force against unarmed protesters.


CBS News -
Israel, Palestinians trade accusations at United Nations as violent protests continue

JERUSALEM -- The Israeli and Palestinian ambassadors at the United Nations traded accusations Tuesday, a day after Israeli troops firing from across a border fence killed nearly 60 Palestinians and wounded more than 2,700 at a mass protest in Gaza.

Palestinians resumed their protests Tuesday to mark the 70th anniversary of what Palestinians refer to as an-Nakba, or "the catastrophe," the day marking the founding of the state of Israel in 1948.


BBC -
Fierce exchanges over Gaza killings

There have been angry exchanges between Israeli and Palestinian envoys at the UN, as the diplomatic fallout over deadly violence in Gaza gathered pace.

The Palestinian envoy spoke of a "crime against humanity", while Israel accused the rulers of Gaza, Hamas, of taking their own people hostage. It was the 70th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel and also the day the US made the controversial move of its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.


Global News -
Was Canada invited to U.S. embassy opening in Jerusalem Depends who you ask

WATCH BELOW: Palestinian unrest renewed as U.S. marks opening of embassy in Jerusalem. An official with the Israeli embassy in Ottawa told Global News that “all embassies and missions in Israel, including the Canadian embassy, were invited” to the opening of the embassy.

READ MORE: Thousands of Palestinians gather to bury their dead after deadly protests. On Monday, American officials marked the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, which had been relocated from Tel Aviv.


Global News -
Canada either was — or was not — invited to the opening of U.S. embassy in Jerusalem

An official with the Israeli embassy in Ottawa told Global News that “all embassies and missions in Israel, including the Canadian embassy, were invited” to the opening of the embassy.

READ MORE: Thousands of Palestinians gather to bury their dead after deadly protests. On Monday, American officials marked the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, which had been relocated from Tel Aviv. The latter is where most foreign missions in the country are based because of ongoing disputes about the status of parts of Jerusalem by Palestinians, but U.S. President Donald Trump announced the move in December as part of an American decision to recognize the contested city as the capital of Israel.


Washington Post -
U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley: Israel acted with ‘restraint’ in Gaza response

The U.S. ambassador to the United Nations on Tuesday said Israel had reacted with restraint in its military response to protesters at the Gaza border, and dismissed suggestions the violence was caused by the opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.

Nikki Haley told the Security Council that Hamas, backed by Iran, had incited the violence by urging protesters over loudspeakers to burst through the fence separating the borders and flying kites into Israel with Molotov cocktails attached.


CBS News -
Palestinians bury dead after Gaza-Israel border clashes

At Martyr's Cemetery in Gaza, Palestinians buried the people killed in Monday's protests along the Gaza-Israel border, which were aimed at Israel's blockade of the Palestinian territory and the controversial relocation of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, reports CBS News' Holly Williams.

Most of the dead were killed along the border fence that separates the tiny, poverty-stricken Gaza Strip from Israel, where tens of thousands of Palestinians held angry demonstrations on Monday, furious over the U.S. Embassy's move to the contested city of Jerusalem.


CTV -
UN Security Council to discuss Gaza after deadly day

The UN Security Council plans to meet Tuesday to discuss violence along the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, following the deadliest day there since a 2014 war.

"With tensions high and more demonstrations expected in the coming days, it is imperative that everyone show the utmost restraint to avoid further loss of life," deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said.


CTV -
UN Security Council set to discuss Gaza after deadly day

The UN Security Council plans to meet Tuesday to discuss violence along the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip, following the deadliest day there since a 2014 war.

"With tensions high and more demonstrations expected in the coming days, it is imperative that everyone show the utmost restraint to avoid further loss of life," deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said.


New York Times -
Death in Gaza, New Embassy in Jerusalem, and Peace as Distant as Ever

Across the Gaza Strip on Monday morning, loudspeakers on minarets urged Palestinians to rush the fence bordering Israel, where they were met by army snipers.

Hours later, a beaming Ivanka Trump helped unveil a stone marker etched with her father’s name on the new American Embassy in Jerusalem, keeping his campaign promise to officially acknowledge Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. At least 58 were killed and thousands injured, local officials said — the worst day of carnage there since Israel invaded Gaza in 2014.


Global News -
Jagmeet Singh harshly criticizes Liberals’ silence on deadly protests amid U.S. embassy change

At least 43 Palestinian protesters killed along Gaza border as U.S. opens embassy in Jerusalem. The protests aligned with a ceremony set to take place Monday, commemorating the U.S. embassy officially moving from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which added another layer to already heightened tensions related to the Israel-Palestinian conflict ever since U.S. President Donald Trump made the announcement this past December.



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