Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu says he’s praying for God to open the eyes and hearts of all citizens of the holy land.
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has added his voice to the growing condemnation of the deadly shootings on the Gaza border, saying it’s left him heartbroken and deeply distressed.
In a statement, the Archbishop says he’s praying for God to open the eyes and hearts of all citizens of the holy land.
At least 60 protesters were killed by Israeli forces, while more than 2,000 others were wounded. The confrontation coincided with the controversial opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem.
Israel has said it’s defending its territories, while Palestinian leaders have called Monday’s violence a massacre.
Meanwhile, the United Nations Security Council is holding an emergency meeting over the growing death toll in clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian protesters.
It comes as new violence erupts across the West Bank and Gaza.
Turkey has expelled the Israeli ambassador, while South Africa has withdrawn its ambassador for consultation.
The situation in northern Ramallah is extremely tense, a group of young men can be seen pushing a huge trash can forward to create a barrier between them and Israeli soldiers.
There’s a drone flying overhead spraying teargas, and every so often another barrage hits the area and the crowd surges backwards. Ambulances have been ferrying the injured away. So far, at least 100 Palestinians have been hurt, according to the Red Crescent society.
It comes as they mark Nakba day – the day they call a catastrophe – when they were forced from their homes during Israel’s independence in 1948.
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The main hospital in Gaza is battling to cope with the hundreds of Palestinians wounded during the violence on the border.
International Relations Minister Lindiwe Sisulu says the government is still considering the African National Congress’ instruction to downgrade South Africa’s embassy in Israel to a liaison office.
“We’re working on it and when we’ve come to finality we’ll be able to report back.”
Throughout the last seven weeks, Palestinians in the Gaza Strip have been protesting as part of a weeks-long movement calling for the right of return for Palestinian refugees to the areas they were forcibly expelled from in 1948.
South Africa’s decision to recall its ambassador to Israel is being welcomed, with the Ahmed Kathrada Foundation saying it will continue to raise its objection to the occupation, colonialism and apartheid that Palestinians have been subjected to.