Published: Wed, May 16, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

White House calls deaths in Gaza 'propaganda' by Hamas

White House calls deaths in Gaza 'propaganda' by Hamas

Britain, France and Germany have all called for Israel to exercise restraint after Monday's bloodshed near the Gaza border.

And in an afternoon press briefing, the White House blamed the fatalities on the enclave's Islamist rulers Hamas.

NBC's Peter Alexander asked White House Deputy Press Secretary Raj Shah Monday about the violence Monday at the Gaza strip in response to the moving of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Israel.

"Hamas is intentionally and cynically provoking this response", Shah added, suggesting the clashes were "a gruesome and unfortunate propaganda attempt" orchestrated by Hamas' leaders.

Gaza's Health Ministry says the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli army fire near the Gaza border has reached 37.

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Alistair Burt, Britain's minister for the Middle East, said it was "deplorable that extremist elements may have been seeking to exploit these protests for their own violent purposes".

The White House said the Jewish state had the right to defend itself.

The White House portrayed themselves as wholly comfortable with Israel's actions, saying they totally absolve Israel of any responsibility for all of those people they killed.

President Donald Trump announced his decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in December.

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