Up to 37 Palestinians were killed Monday in violent clashes with Israeli forces along the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel, in a burst of bloodshed that cast a cloud over Israel’s festive inauguration of the new US Embassy in Jerusalem.
It was the deadliest day in Gaza since the devastating cross-border war between the territory’s Hamas rulers and Israel in 2014.
Gaza’s Hamas-run health ministry said 37 Palestinians were killed and over 500 were wounded in the violence, amid the biggest riots and rallies in a weeks-long campaign of protests against Israel.
The Israeli army said around 50,000 Gazans were demonstrating in 12 locations along the border. It said thousands more were gathered at points several hundred meters from the fence.
The US is today moving their Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, a decision that goes against agreements between Palestine and Israel on the status of the City.