U.S. Calls For Emergency Meeting Of U.N. Following Mortar Fire From Gaza Into Israel

Julia Nista General Assignment Reporter
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The U.S. called for an emergency meeting with the United Nations Security Council Tuesday as tensions along the border between Israel and Gaza continue to increase.

The meeting will most likely take place Wednesday according to the United States Mission to the U.N., following reports of ongoing clashes between Palestinian protestors and Israeli officials.

Both Hamas and Islamic Jihad took claim to the mortar attacks in Israel Tuesday and were condemned by the U.S. representative to the U.N. Nikki Haley. She also blamed “Palestinian militants” for Tuesday’s early fire, which could be the worst Israeli-Gazan tension since 2014.

In March, more than 17,000 Palestinians clashed with Israeli authorities along the Gaza border for the “Land Day” protest, which lasted multiple days. (RELATED: Deaths Rising As 17,000 Palestinians Clash With Israeli Military On Gaza Border)

After the opening of the U.S. Embassy to Israel in Jerusalem, many more Palestinians protested, with a death toll of 52 and thousands wounded. (RELATED: Violent Clashes Leave Dozens Dead As Gaza Protests Escalate With The Opening Of The US Embassy Opens In Jerusalem)

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