JERUSALEM – A day of national mourning has been declared by the Palestinian government to mark Monday’s death toll, the single worst day of violence since the last Gaza war in 2014.
The death toll for the deadly attack stands at fifty-nine Palestinian protesters killed, including seven children under the age of 18, were killed yesterday by the Israeli army, according to the Palestinian health ministry.
According to the Palestine health ministry they were all part of the demonstrations against the American embassy’s inauguration in Jerusalem.
Amnesty International accused the Israeli army of “an abhorrent violation of international law & human rights.”
The health ministry also said that half of the injuries were caused because by live bullets and they claimed that the Israeli government specifically targeted emergency services and journalists.
The Israeli government and military have maintained that their actions were of self-defence. Saying they were stopping a number of attempted breaches on the border and were protecting Israeli communities living near Gaza from possible attacks by Palestinians trying to cross into Israel.
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