Paraguay president inaugurates embassy in Jerusalem

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gestures as he stands next to Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes at Netanyahu's office Monday. Reuters
Updated 22 May 2018
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Paraguay president inaugurates embassy in Jerusalem

  • Israeli forces killed nearly 60 Palestinians in clashes along the border
  • Several European countries summoning the Israeli ambassadors to their foreign ministries for questioning

JERUSALEM: Paraguayan President Horacio Cartes inaugurated his country’s Israel embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, making it the third nation to make the deeply controversial move after the US and Guatemala.
Cartes and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at the inauguration of the new embassy in a Jerusalem office park.
The Paraguayan leader called it a “historic event.”
“This act has profound significance in the sense that it expresses Paraguay’s sincere friendship and full solidarity with Israel,” he said.
Netanyahu said cooperation between the two countries would become “greater,” naming areas such as agriculture, security and technology.

Consensus
The South American nation of some seven million people follows in the footsteps of the US which broke with decades of international consensus when it declared Jerusalem Israel’s capital in December.
Washington followed up on the declaration by moving its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on May 14.
The US Embassy opening was accompanied by mass protests and clashes along the Gaza border that saw 62 Palestinians killed by Israeli gunfire.
Israel has sought to persuade other countries to follow the White House move, but so far only Paraguay and Guatemala have done so.

Capital
Guatemala opened its new embassy in the same Jerusalem office park as Paraguay’s on May 16.
Jerusalem’s status is perhaps the thorniest issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Israel considers the entire city its capital, while the Palestinians see east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.
Israel occupied the West Bank and East Jerusalem in 1967 and later annexed east Jerusalem in a move never recognized by the international community.


US-led 2017 blitz on Syria’s Raqqa killed 1,600 civilians

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US-led 2017 blitz on Syria’s Raqqa killed 1,600 civilians

  • The unprecedented investigation was led by Amnesty International and the Airwars monitoring group
  • It urged top coalition members to show more transparency and accountability

BEIRUT: Intensive US-led coalition bombardment on the Syrian city of Raqqa killed more than 1,600 civilians over four months in 2017, according to a report released on Thursday.
The unprecedented investigation, led by Amnesty International and the Airwars monitoring group, urged top coalition members to show more transparency and accountability.
“Many of the air bombardments were inaccurate and tens of thousands of artillery strikes were indiscriminate,” said Donatella Rovera, crisis response adviser at Amnesty.