Australias prime minister on Tuesday blamed Hamas for the dozens of deaths in Gaza in violent clashes the previous day between Palestinians protesters and Israeli forces along the border.
It was the bloodiest day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since a 2014 Gaza war, with at least 58 Palestinians killed and more than 2,700 Palestinians wounded, according to figures from the Hamas-run Gazan health ministry. The dead included six minors, the health ministry said.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull told Melbourne Radio 3AW the loss of life was tragic but that Hamass conduct is confrontational. Theyre seeking to provoke the Israeli Defense Forces.
Turnbull said the terror group was pushing people to the border. In that conflict zone, youre basically pushing people into circumstances where they are very likely to be shot at.
Meanwhile Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop called on Israel to be proportionate in its response and refrain from excessive use of force. She added in a statement that Israel had the right to protect it population and called on Palestinians to refrain from violence and attempting to enter into Israeli territory.
The clashes began before Israeli officials and a White House delegation including US President Donald Trumps daughter Ivanka formally opened the embassy in Jerusalem, and continued throughout the day. Mondays demonstrations, which were timed to coincide with the move, were also part of the weeks-long March of Return campaign marking the 70th anniversary of the establishment of Israel, or the Nakba (catastrophe), as Palestinians call it.............