Ireland dresses down Israeli ambassador over Gaza border deaths

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Belgium on Tuesday called for a United Nations -led investigation into the violence in Gaza that saw dozens of Palestinian protesters killed by Israeli forces, and also summoned the Israeli ambassador.

Simon Coveney said in an initial statement yesterday that he was "profoundly shocked" at the emerging scenes in Gaza. "The ambassador has been informed of Irish demands for an independent global investigation into yesterday's deaths led by the United Nations".

As reported by our diplomatic mission in Ramallah, the staff of emergency services in Gaza and the health service lanes crowded with losses.

'The health system was already facing major challenges due to lack of equipment and essential medicines'.

It said there were 211 recorded attacks against health workers in Gaza and 25 ambulances had been damaged.

Gaza's Hamas-run health ministry said Tuesday that 60 Palestinians were killed and more than 2,700 were wounded the day before amid the biggest riots and rallies in a weeks-long campaign of protests against Israel, known collectively as the "March of Return".

Parliament speaker Ali Larijani said the U.S. decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem was part of its attempts to undermine global institutions, along with its withdrawal from the Paris climate treaty and Iran nuclear agreement.

The death toll led to strong condemnation from rights groups and concern from a range of countries.

"The comment that consisted of saying that all killed or hurt were terrorists - that we can obviously not accept", Belgian Foreign Minister Didier Reynders said as quoted by The Times of Israel.

What happened in Gaza yesterday was an atrocity.

Russian Federation and China on Tuesday also raised concerns over the deadly violence.

"We continue to implore Israel to show greater restraint", he said.

He said he had visited Gaza and seen the atrocities first-hand and quoted his grandfather: "Our freedom is incomplete without the freedom of the Palestinian people".

At this very risky moment in time for the Middle East, I call on all involved to return to meaningful diplomacy, to avoid escalation and show the utmost care and respect for global treaties and agreements.

Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald says Coveney's actions don't go far enough, however, and called for the Israeli ambassador to Ireland to be expelled.