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Nikki Haley, the USA ambassador to the United Nations, defended Israel's response to Monday's violent protests on Tuesday, which erupted following the opening of the newly moved United States Embassy in Jerusalem.

"They did not have mercy on a girl, they threw gas bombs at her, they killed her with tear gas".

That said, let's also note that numerous demonstrators were peaceful.

Haley was in sync with her Israeli counterpart, Danny Danon, who said Hamas, the Palestinian militant political faction that governs Gaza, had incited its people to be shot down.

"They can't do anything". The group had organized the action weeks ago to respond to the embassy move, but the protest took on a different tone as demonstrators learned of the mounting death toll in Gaza, which was "really horrific", an organizer said.

An Israeli military spokesman said the army has set up security near communities around the border to defend civilians if the fence is breached. He shouldn't. As the Palestinians well understand, Israel can ill afford further damage to its standing. The U.S. ambassador to the U.N., Nikki Haley, came to Israel's defense, saying no member "would act with more restraint than Israel has".

In Geneva, the United Nations human rights office condemned what it called the "appalling deadly violence" by Israeli forces and said it was extremely anxious about what might happen later.

Alistair Burt, UK Minister for the Middle East, has said the United States needs to show greater understanding of the root causes of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, in a rare criticism of Britain's closest ally.

Simon Bridges said he was unable to comment about whether or not Israel's use of force against the protesters was proportionate.

Israel is coming under mounting global pressure and calls for an independent probe over the violence.

Gaza: Palestinians rallied in Gaza on Tuesday for the funerals of scores of people killed by Israeli troops a day earlier, while on the Gaza-Israel border, Israeli forces took up positions to deal with the expected final day of a Palestinian protest campaign.

The talks opened at United Nations headquarters in NY with a moment of silence for the 60 Palestinians killed. The government of Saudi Arabia, whose icy relations with Israel have thawed in recent years, issued "strong condemnation and denunciation of the deadly targeting of unarmed Palestinians by the Israeli Forces of Occupation", according to the official news agency S.P.A.

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From US allies to adversaries, most ambassadors added their opposition to the US Embassy move to their remarks on the violence.

More than two million people are crammed into the narrow Gaza Strip, which is blockaded by Egypt and Israel and suffering a humanitarian crisis.

In fact the records of several countries here today suggest they would be much less restrained.

Belgium and Ireland summoned their Israeli ambassadors, while Turkey temporarily expelled the Israeli ambassador to Ankara.

Israel hit back, ordering the Turkish consul in Jerusalem to leave for an unspecified period of time, its foreign ministry said.

Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern condemned the "devastating one-sided loss of life" following the protests.

Yesterday morning, mourners marched through Gaza, waving Palestinian flags and calling for revenge.

Canada also abstained from a vote at the United Nations in December that largely criticized the US for its decision to move its embassy.

If Palestinian leaders want to know who is responsible for the deaths Monday, they should glance in the mirror.

"Bolivia rejects and strongly condemns the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem". And the embassy is housed in West Jerusalem, which is really not controversial.

Jerusalem's status is perhaps the thorniest issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. The Palestinians claim east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.