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Arab League to meet on Gaza massacre

Israel killed over 60 Palestinians in the Gaza Strip on Monday. [Getty]

Date of publication: 16 May, 2018

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Israel has come under international pressure after its border forces on Monday killed some 60 Palestinians protesting against the transfer the same day of the US embassy to Jerusalem.

Arab foreign ministers are to hold an "extraordinary" meeting on Thursday in Cairo to discuss the massacre of over 60 Palestinians in Gaza this week, the organisation said.

Israel has come under international pressure after its border forces on Monday killed some 60 Palestinians protesting against the transfer the same day of the US embassy to Jerusalem.

More than 100 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli snipers in seven weeks of protests calling for the right of return.

During the war surrounding Israel's creation in 1948, more than 700,000 Palestinians fled or were expelled from their homes.

Permanent delegates to the Cairo-based Arab League met on Wednesday to prepare for the ministerial session called by Saudi Arabia on "the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people".

"A draft resolution will be presented" Thursday to foreign ministers, Hossam Zaki, the League's deputy secretary general, told reporters in the Egyptian capital.

He said it would contain "the strongest political positions... in support of the Palestinian resistance and against the American decision" to recognise the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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