Gaza-Israel conflict

Posted : 2018-05-17 11:28 Updated : 2018-05-17 15:05

The modern Middle East has been plagued by ruinous wars: country versus country, civil wars with internecine and sectarian bloodletting, and numerous eruptions centered in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. But never in the last 70 years have they seemed as interconnected as now with Iran and Saudi Arabia vying for regional control, while Israel also seeks to maintain a military supremacy of its own.

Palestinian demonstrators are seen as smoke rises from burning tires during a protest marking the 70th anniversary of Nakba, at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip May 15, 2018. Reuters

Palestinian protesters chant slogans as they burn tires during a protest on the Gaza Strip's border with Israel. Seventy years after Israel's founding, images of victory and violence showcased the contradictions that bedevil the Jewish state. Deadly protests flared along the Gaza border, where troops killed dozens of Palestinians even as politicians feted the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem as a symbol of the ironclad alliance with Washington. AP

Palestinian protesters take part during clashes after protests near the border with Israel in the east of Gaza Strip, 14 May 2018 (issued 15 May 2018). More protests are expected in the Palestinian territories on 15 May. At least 58 Palestinian protesters were killed and more than 2,000 others were injured at the Gaza-Israeli border during clashes against the US embassy move to Jerusalem as well as marking the Nakba Day. Palestinians are marking the Nakba Day, or the day of the disaster, when more than 700 thousand Palestinians were forcefully expelled from their villages during the war that led to the creation of the state of Israel on 15 May 1948. Protesters call for the right of Palestinians to return to their homeland. EPA

Palestinian female protesters run for cover from Israeli tear-gas during clashes after near the border with Israel in the east of Gaza Strip, 15 May 2018 (issued 16 May 2018). EPA

A Palestinian protester throws stones by his slingshot during clashes near the border with Israel in the east of Gaza Strip, 15 May 2018 (issued 16 May 2018). EPA

A Palestinian protester during clashes near the border with Israel in the east of Gaza Strip, 15 May 2018 (issued 16 May 2018). EPA

Demonstrators burn Israeli and U.S. flags to show their anger over the deaths of nearly 60 Palestinians along the Gaza border on Monday, during a protest inside the former U.S. embassy in Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, May 16, 2018. State media reported that Iran's President Hassan Rouhani has condemned the killing of Palestinians by Israel, saying "Palestinians are fighting for their homeland." AP

Lebanese actress Manal Issa, from "My Favorite Fabric," right, holds a sign that reads "Stop the Attack on Gaza" at the premiere of the film "Solo: A Star Wars Story" at the 71st international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Tuesday, May 15, 2018. Israeli soldiers shot and killed 59 Palestinians and wounded hundreds in mass protests on the Gaza border on Monday. Also with Issa are filmmakers Etienne Kallos, second left, and Gaya Jiji, second right. AP

President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka Trump, right, and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin attend the opening ceremony of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. Seventy years after Israel's founding, images of victory and violence showcased the contradictions that bedevil the Jewish state. AP

In this Monday, May 14, 2018 file photo, from left to right on front row, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, his wife Sara Netanyahu, Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner, U.S. President's daughter Ivanka Trump, and U.S. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, attend the opening ceremony of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. Seventy years after Israel's founding, images of victory and violence showcased the contradictions that bedevil the Jewish state. AP

In this Monday, May 14, 2018 file photo, Israelis hold American and Israeli flags with the new U.S. embassy in the background in Jerusalem. Seventy years after Israel's founding, images of victory and violence showcased the contradictions that bedevil the Jewish state. AP

Members of the Palestinian community and their supporters march toward the Israeli consulate to protest President Donald Trump's decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on May 15, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. AFP

Members of the Palestinian community and their supporters protest President Donald Trump's decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on May 15, 2018 in Chicago, Illinois. AFP

Israeli army fire tear-gas during clashes near the border with Israel in the east of Gaza Strip, 15 May 2018 (issued 16 May 2018). EPA

Palestinian demonstrators run for cover from Israeli fire and tear gas during a protest against U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem and ahead of the 70th anniversary of Nakba, at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip May 14, 2018. Reuters

Palestinians protest as tear gas fumes erupt near the border with Israel east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on May 15, 2018 marking 70th anniversary of Nakba -- also known as Day of the Catastrophe in 1948 -- and against the US' relocation of its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. AFP

A burning field is seen near the Israeli Kibbutz of Mefallesim, along the border with the Gaza Strip, on May 15, 2018 after it was caused by incendiaries tied to kites flown by Palestinian protesters from across the border. AFP

A Palestinian woman flashes the "V" for victory sign during protest near the border fence with Israel east of Jabalia in the central Gaza Strip on May 15, 2018. AFP

Palestinians protesters run for cover from Israeli tear-gas during clashes after near the border with Israel in the east of Gaza Strip, 15 May 2018 (issued 16 May 2018). EPA

A Palestinian woman splashes water on the eye of a reporter during clashes with Israeli forces on May 15, 2018 near the border fence with Israel east of Jabalia in the central Gaza Strip. AFP

In this May 14, 2018 file photo, an elderly Palestinian man falls on the ground after being shot by Israeli troops during a deadly protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip. AP

Mourners carry the body of 15-year-old Palestinian boy Jamal Afana, who died of wounds he sustained during a protest at the Israel-Gaza border, during his funeral in Rafah in the southern Gaza Strip, May 13, 2018. Reuters

A Palestinian demonstrator walks with crutches during a protest marking the 70th anniversary of Nakba, at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip May 15, 2018. Reuters