A Palestinian demonstrator reacts as others run from tear gas fired by Israeli forces during a protest marking the 70th anniversary of Nakba, at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip.
One day after Israeli forces fired on protesters and killed 60 Palestinians along the Gaza border, the U.N.'s Human Rights Commissioner says that those who were shot include women, children, journalists, first responders and bystanders.
"We condemn the appalling, deadly violence in Gaza yesterday," said Rupert Colville, spokesperson for the U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights.
While acknowledging that some Palestinian demonstrators tried to damage the barbed wire fence that separates Gaza from Israel, Colville said that in the commissioner's view, attempts to cross or damage a fence "do not amount to a threat to life or serious injury and are not sufficient grounds for the use of live ammunition."
Lethal force, he said, should only be a measure of last resort.THE TWO-WAY 55 Palestinian Protesters Killed, Gaza Officials Say, As U.S. Opens Jerusalem Embassy
The violence exploded on Monday, as Israel celebrated the U.S. move of its embassy to Jerusalem – a city that's claimed by both Israelis and Palestinians, and whose status has long been regarded by America's biggest allies as an issue best resolved in multilateral peace talks. The U.S. has formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital – another step it had long avoided taking.
At least 40,000 Palestinians gathered to protest, according to an estimate from the Israel Defense Forces – which says "Hamas is coercing Gazans to risk their lives." More protests are expected on Tuesday.
The military dropped leaflets in the area, telling people to stay away from the security fence on the eastern half of the Gaza Strip. The Defense Forces have accused Iran of giving $100 to people who will approach and attempt to harm the Gaza barrier.
Israeli forces responded to the large gatherings at or near the fence with tear gas, plastic bullets and live ammunition. Protester