Israel Holds Bodies of Two Palestinians Killed Near Border with Gaza

Demonstrators shout slogans and hold Palestinian flags during'Great Return March at Israeli border

Media sources in Gaza said many Palestinian protesters burnt dozens of tires across the border fence, and used mirrors to disrupt the soldiers, especially sharpshooters.

The good news, so to speak, as the generational animosity between Turkey and Israel shows no signs of abating, is that absolutely nothing has changed in the middle east, where relationships between the various states are shown in their simplified form on the following diagram. State Department spokesman Heather Nauert said Saturday that the United States is "deeply saddened" by the loss of life in Gaza, urging those involved to take steps to lower tensions. "United Kingdom calls for calm and restraint and renewed & urgent commitment to political processes to resolve the issues which violence can not", Alistair Burt said on Twitter.

In a statement, the Foreign Ministry "called upon the global community to act swiftly and decisively to avoid further loss of Palestinian lives".

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also called for an independent inquiry into Friday's violence.

The Palestinian death toll in last week's mass protest on the Gaza-Israel border rose to 18 on Monday, officials said, as Israel continued to reject allegations of unlawful use of lethal force against unarmed demonstrators.

To be sure, Israel responded: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu raised his voice and hit back at Erdoğan shortly after the sharp criticism of Israel. "Israel will continue to act with determination to protect its sovereignty and its citizens".

In addition to the 16 Palestinians killed, more than 1,400 were wounded, 758 of them by live fire, with the remainder hurt by rubber bullets and tear gas inhalation, according to the Gazan health ministry.

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Vermont Senator Sanders - himself a Jew - said in two Twitter posts on Saturday that Palestinian people had a right to protest without being exposed to violence.

That is the day that Palestinians mark the 70th anniversary of the "Nakba" or "Catastrophe" when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were driven out of their homes amid violence culminating in war between the newly created State of Israel and its Arab neighbors in May 1948.

Israel has long ruled out any right of return for the refugees, fearing that it would lose its Jewish majority.

Hamas said the lack of a resolution from the Security Council about the border clashes due to the USA rejection showed that Washington is "fully biased" for Israel and said it was "encouraging Israel to commit more violence and terrorism against Palestinian children".

Ghanima said he had tried to plant a flag on the border fence and that soldiers had fired a warning shot but that he had ignored it.

Speaking on Israeli Army Radio Sunday, Liberman called those wanting an inquiry hypocrites for attacking Israel before looking into the large-scale killings of Syrians and other groups.

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