Clashes erupt in Gaza as US Embassy in Jerusalem opens

DW – May 14, 2018

Fresh clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinians broke out on Monday on the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, as a six-week protest against the US moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem reached its climax.

Gaza’s health ministry said 52 Palestinians were shot and killed by the Israeli army — including a 14-year-old, leading the Palestinian government to accuse Israel of committing a “terrible massacre” in Gaza.

As 35,000 people demonstrated against it, the ceremony to inaugurate the US Embassy in Jerusalem got underway, starting with the US national anthem.

US Ambassador David Friedman welcomed the crowd. “Today we open the US embassy in Jerusalem, Israel,” he said to applause.

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