U.S. says Hamas using embassy issue as 'excuse' for violence in Gaza

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday lashed out at the global "silence" over the killing by Israeli fire of dozens of Palestinians on the Gaza border. The military said it struck 11 "terror targets" in a Hamas military compound while tanks targeted another two Hamas posts in the Gaza Strip.

Prior to the border clash Monday on what the Palestinians call "Nakba Day", the "catastrophe" of Israel's founding 70 years ago, dozens of social media posts called for Palestinians to bring guns and knives to the protest, knock down the border fence, kidnap Israeli civilians and hand them over to Hamas.

Some countries, among them South Africa and Turkey, have recalled their ambassadors to Israel over the violence.

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There has been little Israeli domestic dissent at the lethal tactics around Gaza, where in the past decade Israel has fought three wars against Hamas.

During the war surrounding Israel's creation in 1948, more than 700,000 Palestinians fled or were expelled from their homes.

The clashes continued on Tuesday with crowds of people flocking to the border. According to Israel, Egypt warned Hamas to calm the protests in Gaza.

Israeli authorities previously independently identified 24 members of terrorist groups among the people who died during the violent assault on Israel's border coinciding with the opening of the American embassy in Jerusalem on Monday.

"What a glorious day for Israel", Mr Netanyahu said in a speech.

Gaza analyst Akram Attallah, pointing to the smaller number of protesters since Monday's deaths, said: "I can see there is a retreat because of the Israeli bloody response. but Friday will represent an indicator to where things are going".

The remarks made on Wednesday were seized upon by Israel in an attempt to fend off harsh global criticism over the deaths and prove they were orchestrated and led by the Islamist movement Hamas.

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Thousands of Palestinians, however, responded by rioting near the Gaza border, some armed with firebombs and other explosive devices.

"Haniyeh returned to Gaza, Hamas gave an order. and miraculously, this spontaneous protest by a public that could not handle the situation any more dissipated".

"There is no mediation".

Saying that Hamas had incited people to lob flaming objects toward the Israeli side of the border fence and urged protest marchers to breach it, Haley asked: "Who among us would accept this type of activity on your border?"

But the start on Thursday of the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims abstain from eating and drinking during daylight hours, could limit the scale of demonstrations.

In a statement issued at the news conference, the factions said the fasting would be taken into account. "They are unable to see everyone, with all the injuries", said Ibrahim, 23.

Fifty-eight people were killed on Monday when Israeli troops opened fire on Palestinian protesters.

On Wednesday, Guatemala followed the USA lead, festively opening its new Jerusalem mission with Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales saying his country was bringing a message of "love, peace and fraternity" to Israel. Paraguay is slated to do the same next week.

Meanwhile, France, the United Kingdom and Germany - all of whom characterized Trump's decision to move the USA embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem as a mistake - have been decidedly more critical in their responses. Those talks have been stalled since 2014.

Israel regards all of the city, including the eastern sector it annexed after the 1967 conflict, as its capital. Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

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