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During the speeches, which took place as Palestinians armed with rocks and slingshots were facing off against Israeli military snipers, Kushner blamed Hamas for the death of Palestinians, claiming that the organization, which controls the Gaza strip, was to blame for sending demonstrators to their death.

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A Hamas terrorist group official said on Wednesday that 50 of the group's members were among the 62 people killed during border clashes with Israeli forces on Monday, according to Times of Israel.

Mr Erdogan has called an emergency meeting of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) in Istanbul on Friday to discuss the Gaza violence. South Africa recalled its ambassador to Israel, Turkey temporarily expelled Israel's ambassador, Israel asked the Turkish consul general in Jerusalem to leave, and the Palestinian envoy to Washington was recalled to Ramallah.

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While South Africa and Turkey recalled their ambassadors to Israel because of the US decision that has been widely criticised by its Western allies, some African countries sent representatives to witness the official opening of the embassy in disputed Jerusalem. It was the bloodiest day in the Hamas Islamist-run enclave since a 2014 war with Israel.

Mr Erdogan said the U.S. decision to move its embassy was not only a violation of United Nations resolutions and worldwide law, but also a step away from the country's role as a mediator in the Middle East peace process. Abandon the fantasy that says Israel will disappear.

He said militants stoked up the protests to "breach the border, to get inside Israel and to kill Israeli citizens".

"We have made our view clear on the embassy", he told MPs.

"Haniyeh returned to Gaza, Hamas gave an order. and miraculously, this spontaneous protest by a public that could not handle the situation any more dissipated".

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Hamas' statement comes at a moment when Israel finds itself largely isolated over its response to the protests.

"There is no mediation".

Israeli defence minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel did everything it could to prevent civilian casualties, but that Gaza's Hamas rulers were to blame for using them as human shields.

But the start on Thursday of the holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims abstain from eating and drinking during daylight hours, could limit the scale of the demonstrations. "They are unable to see everyone, with all the injuries", said Ibrahim, 23.

On Tuesday two Palestinian protesters were killed by Israeli fire, but the number of protesters - and wounded - declined dramatically from Monday as Gazans mourned those killed the day before.

The comments were welcomed by Israeli military spokesman Lieutenant Colonel Jonathan Conricus, who said Bardawil had "set the record straight".

In Jerusalem, following the U.S. lead, Guatemala opened its embassy in the city on Wednesday. Paraguay is slated to do the same next week.

Monday violence broke out as the United States of America opened its Israeli embassy in Jerusalem, a move that enraged the Palestinians.

Israel regards all of Jerusalem, including the eastern sector captured in the 1967 Middle East, as its capital.