Israeli forces kill 43 in Gaza protests over U.S. Embassy opening in Jerusalem

Israeli forces kill 43 in Gaza protests over U.S. Embassy opening in Jerusalem

Israeli forces kill 43 in Gaza protests over U.S. Embassy opening in Jerusalem

Written by Nathasha De Alwis

14 May, 2018 | 9:10 pm

REUTERS – Israeli forces killed at least 43 Palestinians along the Gaza border today (May 14) as angry protesters demonstrated at the frontier while in Jerusalem, the United States opened its embassy in a festive ceremony.

It was the highest Palestinian death toll in a single day since a series of protests dubbed the “Great March of Return” began at the border with Israel on March 30 and since the 2014 Gaza war.

Health officials said 900 Palestinians were wounded, about 450 of them by live bullets.

Tens of thousands streamed to the coastal enclave’s land border, some approaching the Israeli fence, a line Israeli leaders said Palestinians would not be allowed to breach. Clouds of black smoke from tires set alight by demonstrators rose in the air.

Demonstrators, some armed with slingshots, hurled stones at the Israeli security forces, who fired volleys of tear gas and intense rounds of gunfire.

In Jerusalem, Israeli leaders and a U.S. delegation including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and President Donald Trump’s daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, attended the opening of the embassy, relocated from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in a controversial decision.


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