IN PHOTOS: Israeli forces kill 55 Palestine protestors at Gaza border as anger mounts over US embassy opening in Jerusalem

Published: 15th May 2018 06:02 AM  |   Last Updated: 15th May 2018 06:48 AM  

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In a jarring contrast, Israeli forces shot and killed at least 55 Palestinians and wounded more than 1,200 during mass protests Monday along the Gaza border, while just a few miles away Israel and the U.S. held a festive inauguration ceremony for the new American Embassy in contested Jerusalem. (IN PIC: In this photo combination, Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the opening ceremony of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, May 14, 2018, left, and on the same day, Palestinians in Gaza City carry the body of Mousab Abu Leila, who was killed during a protest at the border of Israel and Gaza. /AP Photo)
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It was by far the deadliest day of cross-border violence since a devastating 2014 war between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers, and further dimmed the already bleak prospects for President Donald Trump's hoped-for peace plan. (IN PIC: In this photo combination, Palestinians protest near the border of Israel and the Gaza Strip, left, and on the same day dignitaries, from left, Sara Netanyahu, her husband Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Senior White House Advisor Jared Kushner, and U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter, Ivanka Trump, applaud at the opening ceremony of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. /AP Photo)
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Monday's protests culminated more than a month of weekly demonstrations aimed at breaking a crippling Israeli-Egyptian border blockade. But the U.S. Embassy move, bitterly opposed by the Palestinians, added further fuel. (IN PIC: U.S. President Donald Trump is seen on screen as he delivers his speech during the opening ceremony of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, Monday, May 14, 2018 /AP Photo)
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There was barely any mention of the Gaza violence at Monday's lavish inauguration ceremony for the new embassy, an upgraded consular building located just 50 miles (80 kilometers) away. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other top officials joined an American delegation of Trump administration officials and Republican and evangelical Christian supporters. (IN PIC: U.S. President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka, left, and White House senior adviser Jared Kushner attends the opening ceremony of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, Monday, May 14, 2018 /AP Photo)
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'A great day for Israel!' Trump tweeted earlier Monday. In a videotaped address, Trump said the embassy move, a key campaign promise, recognizes the 'plain reality' that Jerusalem is Israel's capital. Yet he added the United States 'remains fully committed to facilitating a lasting peace agreement.' (IN PIC: Ultra orthodox Jews stand by supporters of the U.S, President Donald Trump outside the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem Monday May 14, 2018 /AP Photo)
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Throughout the day, Gaza protesters set tires ablaze, sending thick plumes of black smoke into the air, and hurled firebombs and stones toward Israeli troops across the border (IN PIC: An elderly Palestinian man falls on the ground after being shot by Israeli troops during a deadly protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, May 14, 2018 /AP Photo)
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The Israeli military, which has come under international criticism for using excessive force against unarmed protesters, said Hamas tried to carry out bombing and shooting attacks under the cover of the protests and released video of protesters ripping away parts of the barbed-wire border fence. (IN PIC: Demonstrators fly balloons with Palestinian flags during clashes with Israeli troops after several thousand gathered in the West Bank city of Ramallah to protest the inauguration of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, in the West Bank city of Ramallah, Monday, May 14, 2018. /AP Photo)
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The Palestinians, who seek east Jerusalem as their capital, have cut off ties with the Trump administration and say the U.S. is unfit to serve as a mediator. Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed the area in a move that is not internationally recognized. (IN PIC: Palestinians carry the body of Mousab Abu Leila, 29, during his funeral after he was killed during a protest on the border with Israel, in Gaza City, Monday, May 14, 2018. /AP Photo)
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By nightfall, at least 55 Palestinians, including a young girl and four other minors, were killed, the Gaza Health Ministry said. It said 1,204 Palestinians were wounded by gunfire, including 116 who were in serious or critical condition. (IN PIC: Bodies of Palestinians killed during a protest on a border with Israel lay in the morgue in Beit Lahiya, Gaza Strip, Monday, May 14, 2018. Israeli soldiers shot and killed dozens of Palestinians during mass protests along the Gaza border on Monday /AP Photo)
The Israeli military estimated a turnout of about 40,000 at Monday's protest, saying it fell short of what Hamas had hoped for. But officials described what they called 'unprecedented violence' unseen in previous weeks. The army released video showing demonstrators setting a cargo crossing on fire and appearing to climb on the fence as they lobbed flaming objects into the Israeli side. (IN PIC: Palestinian protesters hurl stones at Israeli troops during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, Monday, May 14, 2018. /AP Photo)
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Monday marked the biggest showdown in years between Israel's military and Gaza's Hamas rulers along the volatile border. The sides have largely observed a cease-fire since the 2014 war — their third in a decade. (IN PIC: A Palestinian protester hurls stones at Israeli troops during a protest at the Gaza Strip's border with Israel, Monday, May 14, 2018/ AP Photo)
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Since the protests began on March 30, 105 Palestinians have been killed, most of them protesters. Israel said it killed three militants trying to plant a bomb along the fence, and Palestinian security officials said several Hamas militants were also killed by Israeli shelling in northern Gaza. | AP Photo
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The timing of Monday's events was deeply symbolic to Israel and the Palestinians. The U.S. said it chose the date to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel's establishment. But Tuesday also marks the anniversary of what Palestinians call their 'nakba,' or catastrophe, a reference to the uprooting of hundreds of thousands who fled or were expelled during the 1948 war surrounding Israel's creation. (IN PIC: Protesters holding a Palestinian flag march during a demonstration in Istanbul, against the move of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Monday, May 14, 2018. /AP Photo)
At the U.S. Embassy ceremony in Jerusalem, Kushner placed the blame on the Gaza protesters. As we have seen from the protests of the last month and even today those provoking violence are part of the problem and not part of the solution,' he said. (IN PIC: Protesters, some holding Turkish flags, chant slogans during a demonstration in Istanbul, against the move of the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, Monday, May 14, 2018 / AP Photo)
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Trump says recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital acknowledges the reality that Israel's government is located there as well as the ancient Jewish connection to the city. But to both Israel and the Palestinians, the American gesture is widely seen as siding with Israel on the most sensitive issue in their longstanding conflict. More than a year after taking office, Trump's Mideast team has yet to produce a long-promised peace plan. (IN PIC: Palestinian woman holds her daughter suffering from teargas inhalation during a protest near Beit Lahiya, Gaza Strip, Monday, May 14, 2018./AP Photo)
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  • Gauri

    What demonic person brings their child to such a dangerous place?
    6 months ago reply
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