Emergency UN General Assembly meeting on Gaza called for Wednesday

  • Emergency UN General Assembly meeting on Gaza called for Wednesday

Emergency UN General Assembly meeting on Gaza called for Wednesday

At least 129 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire since then, the majority as they approached the border fence where troops have orders to use lethal force to prevent any infiltration attempts.

"Unfortunately, we can not come to Israel in the current situation", Claudio Tapia, the president of the federation, said at a press conference in Barcelona, where the team has been training ahead of the World Cup.

Last year, Federation Internationale de Football Association deferred action on a Palestinian-led effort to penalize Israel for having teams on the West Bank.

"There is no such state called Israel that could have a capital called Jerusalem", Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum said in Gaza. The marchers have also pressed demands for a "right of return" for descendants of Palestinian refugees to ancestral homes in what is now Israel. -AFP Israeli soldiers take position during clashes with Palestinian protesters following a weekly demonstration against the expropriation of Palestinian land by Israel in the village of Kfar Qaddum, near Nablus in the occupied West Bank.

Around 2 million people live in Gaza, a lot of them the stateless descendants of refugees from what is now Israel.

"Not that we needed it but it again showed how the management of Argentine football is a huge mafia", said Lorena Quiroga, a 40-year-old small business owner. Rights groups have said Israel's open-fire rules are unlawful. Hamas leaders have threatened possible mass border breaches, raising concerns in Israel that communities near Gaza might be at risk.

"I think what happened yesterday is a red card from everybody to the Israelis to (get them to) understand that they (only) have a right to organise, or play football within their internationally recognised borders", he said in English, pointing out the final status of Jerusalem is supposed to be the subject of negotiations between the parties. Growing despair in Gaza over blockade-linked hardships, including daily hours-long power cuts and rising poverty, have driven turnout.

The Jewish state maintains a crippling blockade of Gaza it says is necessary to isolate Hamas.

The territory has been controlled by Hamas for more than a decade, during which it has fought three wars against Israel.

The protests tapered off around sunset when many demonstrators left border camps for the evening meal that breaks their fast during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Al-Quds day was observed throughout the country on Friday.

Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war and later annexed the area in a move not recognised by the global community.

The Palestinian organizers called the latest rally "the Friday of the One-million-men March for Jerusalem". The Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in east Jerusalem, the third holiest site in Islam, is built on the spot where tradition says the Prophet Muhammad ascended to heaven.

Thousands of protesters assembled on the streets of Tehran to hear their leaders trash Israel, the U.S., and their allies across the globe, with many chanting "Death to America" while burning the United States flag.