Israeli forces kill two in Gaza as anger mounts over US embassy

Israeli forces kill two in Gaza as anger mounts over US embassy

Israeli forces kill two in Gaza as anger mounts over US embassy

Activists in Jordan and Turkey also stormed the streets on Friday, protesting the USA embassy move that is scheduled to take place May 14, the anniversary of the creation of the Israeli state, also widely known as the Nakba (Catastrophe) across the Arab world.

Israeli gunfire killed at least 43 Palestinians, the highest toll in a single day since a series of protests demanding the right to return to ancestral homes in Israel began on March 30.

Monday will see the official opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem, five months after President Donald Trump announced the move, which has prompted a wave of protests from Palestinians.

Israeli soldiers, on the Israeli side of the border with the Gaza Strip, Israel, watch Palestinian protesters in Gaza, May 14, 2018.

"We call upon Palestinian leadership to resist", said Mohammed Salahat, a protester.

In the West Bank, several thousand people gathered in the centre of Ramallah, while hundreds marched to the Qalandiya crossing on the outskirts of Jerusalem, where protesters threw stones at Israeli troops.

The Israeli military says its troops are defending the border and firing in accordance with the rules of engagement.

Critics have faulted Israeli forces for using live fire, while Israel says its actions are necessary for security as people threaten the border fence. The city's future status is one of the most divisive issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. Romania and the Czech Republic have also said they will move their embassies from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in due course.

BBC reports that top United States officials will attend the event, including President Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband, Jared Kushner.

The new USA embassy site is an interim location operating inside the existing US consulate building in Jerusalem while a search begins for a larger site.

As tensions escalate at the Gaza border where a major procession led by ruling Hamas is expected later today, the Palestinian Authority (PA) and its ruling Fatah party has urged Palestinians in the West Bank to take part in widespread protests against the opening of the United States embassy in Jerusalem.

And lastly, albeit no less important, it has been documented that a bus with foreign journalists was brought into Gaza to cover today's events, with Hamas confident they will show the dead and wounded, ignoring the confrontations at the fence which have compelled the IDF response.

Protests against the embassy opening raged in Gaza.

Unconfirmed reports on Monday afternoon said hundreds of protesters had breached the security fence that surrounds the blockaded enclave.

"The United States will always be a great friend of Israel and a partner in the cause of freedom and peace", President Trump said during his video address.

President Trump said his "greatest hope" is for peace.

As the USA officially moves its Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Americans are split on how President Donald Trump is handling relations with Israel, but that country's standing with the American people remains overwhelmingly positive.

In December, President Donald Trump officially recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a move that sparked ire among Palestinians and across the Middle East.

The demonstrations have been taking place for weeks and reached a violent apex as Israel also marked 70 years since the Jewish nation was established.

Patishi said, "We are saying here in a clear voice that Jerusalem belongs to the people who live in it - Jews and Arabs, Israelis and Palestinians".

They said the Israeli military would "continue to operate against those who wish to harm Israel's security".

However, many have condemned the decision.

Trump's initial decision led to a series of protests in various Middle Eastern and Muslim countries.

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