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Arab League to meet on Gaza violence

Israel has come under international pressure after its border forces on Monday killed some 60 Palestinians protesting against the transfer the same day of the US embassy to Jerusalem

Arab League to meet on Gaza violence
General view of the meeting of the permanent delegates of Arab League during extra-ordinary emergency session held at the League's headquarters in the Egyptian capital Cairo, to discuss what it has called Washington's 'illegal' relocation of its embassy to the disputed city of Jerusalem.

Arab foreign ministers are to hold an "extraordinary" meeting Thursday in Cairo to discuss the deadly violence on the Gaza-Israel border, the organisation said.

Israel has come under international pressure after its border forces on Monday killed some 60 Palestinians protesting against the transfer the same day of the US embassy to Jerusalem.

More than 100 Palestinians have been killed in seven weeks of protests, mainly from Israeli sniper fire.

Permanent delegates to the Cairo-based Arab League met on Wednesday to prepare for the ministerial session called by Saudi Arabia on "the Israeli aggression against the Palestinian people".

"A draft resolution will be presented" Thursday to foreign ministers, Hossam Zaki, the League's deputy secretary general, told reporters in the Egyptian capital.

He said it would contain "the strongest political positions... in support of the Palestinian resistance and against the American decision" to recognise the disputed city of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.