Arab League calls for an international probe into the violence in Gaza

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Arab League chief Ahmed Abul Gheit called for an international probe into alleged “crimes” committed by Israeli security forces against Arab rioters and terrorists during mass infiltration attempts along the Israel-Gaza frontier on Monday.

“We call for a credible international investigation into the crimes committed by the occupation,” Abul Gheit said at the opening session of an extraordinary meeting of Arab foreign ministers in Cairo to discuss Israel’s response to the infiltration attempts.

Arab foreign ministers held an emergency meeting three days after the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem and violence along the Gaza border, where Israeli forces killed dozens of Palestinians.

The Arab League has already condemned the relocation of the embassy, and it is not clear whether it would take any further action following Thursday’s meeting at its headquarters in Cairo.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan will on Friday host an emergency summit in Istanbul of the world’s main pan-Islamic body, the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), which he said would send a “strong message to the world”.

Erdogan, who also announced plans for a pro-Palestinian rally, has exchanged bitter accusations with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, calling Israel an “apartheid state” and ordering the country’s ambassador to Turkey to leave.

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