UNITED STATES (OBSERVATORY) – The US blames Hamas for the loss of life in the Gaza Strip, State Department spokesman Heather Nauert said.
Dozens of Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire during protests against the transfer of the American Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
“It would certainly have stopped if Hamas had stopped fomenting violence,” Nauert said at a briefing in Washington, adding that the demonstrators bring weapons and Molotov cocktails. “Israel has the right to defend itself,” she added.
At the same time, she said, the United States regrets the loss of life.
She also blamed Hamas for “the terrible humanitarian conditions in Gaza.”