JERUSALEM (AP) — The Latest on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict (all times local):
Israel says the military has delivered eight trucks full of humanitarian aid and medical supplies to the Gaza Strip, where Israeli troops firing from across the border killed nearly 60 Palestinians at mass border protests on Monday.
Cogat, the military body for Palestinian civilian affairs, said Tuesday it has transferred 53 tons of medical equipment to Gaza this week, including medical fluids, bandages and physical therapy treadmills. It says fuel will be distributed later.
The trucks entered Tuesday, as medical facilities in Gaza were struggling to treat hundreds of people wounded by Israeli fire the day before.
Monday was the bloodiest day in Gaza since the 2014 war between Israel and Gaza’s Hamas rulers. Dozens of people were killed and 2,700 were wounded.
The protests were directed at a crippling blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt after the Islamic militant group seized power in Gaza in 2007.
Israel says it is defending its border and accuses Hamas of trying to carry out attacks under the cover of the protests.
The Palestinian envoy to Washington has been recalled to Ramallah in protest over the U.S. relocating its embassy to Jerusalem.
Husam Zomlot confirmed to The Associated Press on Tuesday that he is returning home.
Palestinian Foreign Minister Riad Malki said President Mahmoud Abbas instructed Zomlot to return to Ramallah.
Malki said “When they (the U.S.) opened their embassy in Jerusalem there was a need for a decision from our side and this was our decision.”
The U.S relocated its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Monday.
The fate of Jerusalem is a deeply emotional issue at the heart of the Israel-Palestinian conflict.
The Palestinians claim east Jerusalem for their future capital. They are outraged by the move and say it invalidates Washington’s role as an impartial peace broker.
Israel has asked the Turkish Consul General in Jerusalem to temporarily leave the country.
The move Tuesday came after the Turkish foreign ministry temporarily expelled the Israeli ambassador to protest the use of deadly force on the Gaza border and the U.S. decision to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem.
Erdogan tweeted that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu “has the blood of Palestinians on his hands.”
Netanyahu retorted in a statement: “Erdogan is among Hamas’s biggest supporters and there is no doubt that he well understands terrorism and slaughter. I suggest that he not preach morality to us.”
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