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Japanese embassy will not be relocated to Quds: Shinzo Abe

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The Israeli authorities say that human rights laws do not apply to ongoing Palestinian protests along the Gaza Strip's eastern border, Israeli daily Haaretz reported Thursday.

The death of Anas Abu Aser brings the toll of Palestinians killed by Israeli fire since protests and clashes along the Gaza border began on March 30 to 49, with hundreds of others wounded by gunfire. The demonstrators are pressing for a right of return for refugees and their descendants to what is now Israel.

Israel's use of live fire has drawn global criticism.

There are no public regulations that prove the Israeli army adheres to an open-fire policy, however, recent statements by high-ranking officials and recents actions in the Israel-Gaza border was used by these groups as legal basis to challenge the army's rules of engagement.

Anas Shawki Abu Aser was shot east of Gaza City on 27 April, health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said, succumbing to his wounds almost a week later.

Gaza is run by the Islamist Hamas movement, which Israel and the West designate a terrorist organization.

More than 2 million people are packed into the narrow coastal enclave, where poverty and unemployment rates are high.

Representatives of Japan, Jordan, Israel and the Palestinians held a meeting on the Jordanian banks of the Dead Sea on Sunday night to discuss their "corridor for peace and prosperity" initiative. Efforts by the Trump administration to revive negotiations have shown no sign of progress.

Abe, who visited Israel and the Palestinian territories this week, met with Netanyahu at his office in Jerusalem on Wednesday along with a delegation of Japanese businessmen.

Netanyahu said Israel "would love to have [Trump]" attend the ceremony, though it's unclear if the president will be there.

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