Clashes erupt in Gaza as US Embassy in Jerusalem set to open

World       by Dawood Rehman | Published

The military aggression, which ended on August 26, 2014, killed almost 2,200 Palestinians.

There are around 35,000 protesters gathered at the border fence and thousands more within half a mile of the vicinity, according to Israeli Defence Forces. Clouds of black smoke from tires set alight by demonstrators rose in the air.

Amid deadly clashes along the Israeli-Palestinian border, President Trump declared Monday a "great day" for Israel.

'Many may get martyred today, so many, but the world will hear our message.

Palestinian critics see the Trump administration's recognising Jerusalem as the Israeli capital as backing Israeli control over the entire city.

He said: "What a moving day for the people of Israel and the State of Israel".

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The embassy move, which Trump promised to make in his campaign, brought cheers from Israel, which had long asked for Washington's official presence to be in Jerusalem, but a swift rebuke from Palestine, which also views the city as a future capital for its own state.

The single-day death toll, which reportedly includes multiple children and a medic, is the highest in the area since the end of the 2014 Israel-Gaza War.

"Last December, President Trump became the first world leader to recognize Jerusalem as our capital, and today, the United States of America is opening its embassy right here in Jerusalem", Netanyahu said.

Club Beitar Jerusalem FC, one of the country's most well-known clubs, said it is renaming its team Beitar "Trump" Jerusalem in honor of the president's decision to move the embassy.

"Our greatest hope is for peace", said Trump, addressing the audience via a video recording from the White House.

Trump announced a year ago that the United States was recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and would move its embassy to the divided city, creating an outcry from Palestinians, U.S. allies, and many other countries worldwide. "For many years we failed to acknowledge the obvious".

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But Monday's protests, which took place as the US opened the doors of its new embassy, were the largest of the past month, and the worst violence in years.

In a video, the president called moving the USA embassy out of Tel Aviv "a long time coming".

In an announcement made on Facebook Sunday, a day before the official opening of the new embassy, Beitar Jerusalem said it wanted to pay tribute to Trump's "courageous move".

At least 772 protesters were wounded, including 86 in serious or critical condition. A reporter saw two men who tried to advance further being shot in the legs by Israeli troops.

Last week, the Israeli government said the ongoing border protests constituted a "state of war" in which global humanitarian law did not apply.

Palestinian protests are planned on both days. Hundreds of Palestinians were treated for tear gas inhalation.

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Philip Luther, research and advocacy director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International, said: "This is another horrific example of the Israeli military using excessive force and live ammunition in a totally deplorable way".

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