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Dozens killed in Gaza as United States opens Jerusalem embassy

15 May 2018

The Arab League will hold emergency talks tomorrow to discuss "ways of countering the illegal decision by the United States to move the embassy to Jerusalem".

Palestinian supporters gathered on the steps of the U.S. Embassy on Sussex Drive to send a message to U.S. President Donald Trump - and to other leaders around the world - that the decision to allow the Americans to move their embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem contravenes worldwide law.

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.

For weeks, the State Department has been working to bolster security at U.S. diplomatic posts around the Muslim world in advance of the USA embassy move in Jerusalem, anticipating possible violence.

US Ambassador David Friedman welcomed the crowd.

"What a glorious day", Mr. Netanyahu exulted. And Erekat announced Monday that Palestinian leadership in the West Bank had made a decision to file a war crimes complaint against Israel with the International Criminal Court. On this important anniversary, it's fitting that the US finally open an embassy in Israel's self-determined capital.

President Trump spent the day at the White House and visited his wife in the evening.

Attending the opening ceremony was Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner, both of whom are senior advisers in the White House and were sat next to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. A great day for Jerusalem. "A day that will be engraved in our national memory for generations".

Palestinian Prime Minister Rami Hamdallah, in a statement on Monday, accused the United States of "blatant violations of worldwide law".

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It even quoted an Abbas aide saying the move was "based on lies", and the Trump administration has "become part of the problem, not part of the solution".

A mass attempt by Palestinians to cross the border fence separating Israel from Gaza turned violent, as Israeli soldiers responded with rifle fire.

Conflicting sources have put the number of injured at between 227 and 500.

British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson did mention that "there are some people provoking that violence", yet still maintained that "there has got to be a restraint in the use of live fire".

Israelis said the protests are being used as cover by Hamas militants attempting to infiltrate Israel to carry out terror attacks on civilians.

Pro-Palestine demonstrators gathered on the steps of the U.S. Embassy on Sussex Drive on Monday, May 14, 2018, to protest the opening of a U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

"We celebrate history in the making", said Vice President Mike Pence.

Palestinian president Mahmoud Abbas said Israel committed "massacres" and "the USA is no longer a mediator in the Middle East".

"Somewhere between zero and none", Martin Indyk, a former US special envoy for Israeli-Palestinian negotiations in the Obama administration, said of the chances President Donald Trump might bring the two sides together and broker what he has called the "ultimate deal".

Dozens killed in Gaza as United States opens Jerusalem embassy