Israeli joy, Palestinian fury over US embassy launch in Jerusalem

Ibraheem Abu Mustafa  Reuters                   A wounded Palestinian is evacuated during the protest

Ibraheem Abu Mustafa Reuters A wounded Palestinian is evacuated during the protest

Israeli forces shot and killed at least 41 people along its border fence with Gaza on Monday, the day the inauguration of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem was held.

Later in the day, Israeli leaders and a USA delegation including Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and President Donald Trump's daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, were due to attend the opening of the embassy relocated from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

"We are concerned by the reports of violence and loss of life in Gaza".

"As I said in December, our greatest hope is for peace." he added.

Those representing the Palestinian community had a different view of Monday's events.

"We made a decision to have the flags lowered tomorrow to half mast for three days of mourning (for the people who were killed at Gaza's protests) and to have a strike tomorrow for the Nakba day".

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So far, at least 52 Palestinians have been reportedly killed and hundreds more have been wounded, marking it he deadliest day in Gaza since 2014. Israel fired on the protesters.

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu said his military was acting in self-defence against Gaza's Islamist rulers, Hamas, who he said wanted to destroy Israel.

On Tuesday, Palestinians mark the "Nakba", or catastrophe, commemorating the more than 700,000 Palestinians who fled or were expelled from their homes in the 1948 war surrounding Israel's creation.

Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu expressed his gratitude towards United States President Donald Trump for opening the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.

The Turkish president announced he was calling a "giant meeting" on Friday to protest Israel's actions at the vast Yenikapi area in Istanbul, which has the capacity for more than a million people.

Israel has the right to defend its borders, and it has the might to do so successfully. "They burn tires to create smoke to sort of give themselves cover".

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The embassy inauguration nonetheless went on as planned, attended by a Washington delegation that included US President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner, both White House aides.

Ms Davidson said the "slaughter" was evidence that President Trump's move made peace less likely, and life more unsafe for those living in Gaza. "Every country should be free to choose their own capital".

Palestinian American relations have plunged to a new low.

Many Palestinians have taken offense to the USA moving its embassy on the anniversary of Nakba, which they see as adding insult to injury. "America is taking one side".

In a statement, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and International Co-operation said Palestinians are practising their right to protest and demanding their legitimate rights.

"This is not about Muslims and Jews, " Ruiz said.

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