AP, GAZA CITYThousands yesterday joined funeral processions for some of the dozens of Palestinians killed by Israeli troops in a mass march on the Gaza border, as Israelis faced growing diplomatic fallout from the use of lethal force against unarmed protesters. Israeli forces killed 59 Palestinians, most by gunfire, and injured more than 2,700 on Monday, the Gaza health ministry said. Turkey lowered flags to half-mast to mark three days of mourning for the Palestinians killed in Gaza, while China called on Israel to exercise constraint. For Hamas, which seized Gaza in 2007, Monday’s border protest was the culmination of a weeks-long campaign to try to break the blockade. There were no signs yesterday that it had made a breakthrough in shaking off the blockade that was imposed by Israel and Egypt in 2007.
Source: Taipei Times May 15, 2018 15:56 UTC