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Israel, US criticized for Palestinian deaths in Gaza clashes as death toll rises

Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley at her Senate confirmation hearing in January, 2017. Foto: Washington Post photo by Melina Mara

Israel and the United States came under harsh, global criticism Tuesday as both countries defended Israel's use of live ammunition against Palestinians protesting at the Gaza border. The Palestinian death toll from the shootings on Monday rose to at least 60, while the United Nations put the overall tally in six weeks of escalating tension at 112.

"Lethal force may only be used as a measure of last, not first, resort and only when there is an immediate threat to life or serious injury," U.N. human rights spokesman Rupert Colville told reporters in Geneva. An attempt to approach or cross a border fence was "not sufficient grounds," he said...

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