58 killed as US opens embassy in Occupied Jerusalem

Palestinians run for cover from Israeli fire and teargas during a protest against the US embassy move to Occupied Jerusalem at the Israel-Gaza border on Monday. — Reuters
Palestinians run for cover from Israeli fire and teargas during a protest against the US embassy move to Occupied Jerusalem at the Israel-Gaza border on Monday. - Reuters

Gaza city - The military said its troops came under fire in some areas, and said protesters tried to break through the border fence.



By AP

Published: Tue 15 May 2018, 11:32 PM

Israeli soldiers shot and killed at least 58 Palestinians during mass protests along the Gaza border on Monday. It was the deadliest day there since a devastating 2014 cross-border war and cast a shadow over Israel's inauguration of the new US Embassy in Occupied Jerusalem.
In a show of anger fuelled by the embassy move, protesters set tyres on fire, sending plumes of black smoke into the air, and hurled firebombs and stones toward Israeli troops across the border. Later on Monday, Israeli forces fired from tanks, sending protesters fleeing to take cover.
The military said its troops came under fire in some areas, and said protesters tried to break through the border fence. It said troops shot and killed three Palestinians trying to breach the fence.

By evening, at least 55 Palestinians, including eight minors, were killed, the Gaza Health Ministry said. One of the minors was identified as a girl. At least 2,400 protesters were wounded, including 116 in serious or critical condition.
In Gaza, the Hamas-led protest was meant to be the biggest yet in a weeks-long campaign against a decade-old blockade of the territory. The Israeli military estimated a turnout of about 40,000, saying this fell short of what Hamas had hoped for.
 


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