Canadian PM Justin Trudeau Criticized for Ignoring Hamas Role in Gaza Violence

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"This has nothing to do with Gaza", she said, referring to the violent clashes between protesters and Israeli Defense Forces along Tel Aviv's border with Palestinian-controlled territory along the Gaza Strip.

Pope Francis said he was "very worried" by escalating violence in the Middle East, with Arab foreign ministers set to hold an "extraordinary" meeting yesterday to discuss the situation.

At least 63 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip were killed and about 2,800 wounded over the past three days in confrontations between Israeli forces and Palestinian protesters against moving the US embassy to Jerusalem, the city the Palestinians want its eastern part as the capital of their future state.

Altogether Israeli forces have killed some 116 Palestinians since protests along Gaza's border with Israel began six weeks ago.

The Iranian envoy, who was addressing a UNSC open debate titled "Upholding International Law Within the Context of the Maintenance of International Peace and Security", said Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu basically "ridiculed" international law by moving the United States diplomatic mission to Jerusalem al-Quds earlier this week.

The call from the Israeli leader was prompted after Mr. Trudeau issued a statement on Wednesday, deploring Israel's use of live ammunition against Palestinian protesters.

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Monday's violence coincided with the controversial inauguration of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, which broke with decades of worldwide tradition.

As the new embassy opened, Hamas, a terrorist organization that controls Gaza, provoked confrontation with Israel, resulting in the deaths of more than 50.

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau encountered strong criticism on Thursday over his earlier statement condemning the violence on the Israel-Gaza Strip border that excluded any mention of Hamas' role in stoking Palestinian attacks.

Palestinian Foreign Minister Riyad al-Maliki called on the league members to recall their ambassadors to the US. The riots left 60 individuals dead in some of the bloodiest violence in the area since the 2014 war between Israel and Hamas.

Hamas denies Israeli accusations of orchestrating the demonstrations, saying it supports them but that they were organised independently.

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