Updated – Reactions to violence and deaths at the Gaza Border

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Saudi Arabia condemned Israel over the deaths of 52 Palestinians during violent clashes at the Gaza border. A foreign ministry spokesperson said, “Saudi Arabia strongly condemns the Israeli occupation forces’ gunfire against unarmed Palestinian civilians which has left dozens of dead and wounded.

The SPA press agency, quoted the spokesperson calling on the international community to “take responsibility and put an end to the violence against the Palestinians,” noting Riyadh’s support for the “rights of the Palestinian people.”

White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah addressed the deaths of more than 50 Palestinian protesters at the White House press briefing just now and blamed the militant group Hamas for their deaths. “The responsibility for these tragic deaths rest squarely with Hamas,” Shah said, adding that “Hamas is intentionally and cynically provoking this response.” As the Secretary of State [Mike Pompeo] said, Israel has the right to defend itself.” Israel, for its part, has said the demonstrations are orchestrated by Hamas and has insisted its forces are acting “according to standard operating procedures.”

“The South African government condemns in the strongest terms possible the latest act of violent aggression carried out by Israeli armed forces along the Gaza border‚ which has led to the deaths of over 40 civilians‚” a statement from the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (Dirco) says. “Given the indiscriminate and grave manner of the latest Israeli attack‚ the South African government has taken a decision to recall Ambassador Sisa Ngombane with immediate effect until further notice‚” it says.

The French presidency condemned “the violence” in Gaza. President Emmanuel Macron “will speak to all the actors in the region in the coming days,” his office says in a statement.


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