The number of victims from clashes between Palestinian demonstrators and Israeli troops on the border of the Gaza Strip increased to 59 people, The Jerusalem Post reports with reference to the Ministry of Health of the Gaza Strip.
An 8-month-old Gazan baby became the 59th victim of Monday’s protests early Tuesday morning, dying from tear has inhalation.
Previously, at least 58 Palestinians were killed Monday during the bloodiest day since the end of the 2014 war. The IDF said on Tuesday 24 of those killed were members of Hamas or the Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said the country’s servicemen in the Gaza Strip are “protecting their borders.”
The Palestinian movement Hamas states that it intends to destroy Israel and send thousands of people to break through the border fence in order to realize this goal.”
“We will continue to act decisively, in order to protect our sovereignty and our citizens,” he said.
The protests that led to the clashes began in the Gaza Strip amid the 70th anniversary of the formation of Israel. In addition, one of the reasons for the intensification of protests was the transfer of the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The international community urged Israel to stop shooting Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border, with South Africa and Turkey recalling their ambassadors in protest, after a day of violent riots left 58 Palestinians dead on Monday.
Turkey’s Foreign Ministry called Israeli actions on the Gaza border “a massacre,” and the country’s President, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, labelled it a “genocide.”
Ankara recalled its ambassadors to both the US and Israel, according to the Turkish web site the Daily Sabeh.