Palestinians martyred by Israeli gunfire in Gaza

Most EU ambassadors absent as Israel marks US embassy move

Most EU ambassadors absent as Israel marks US embassy move

"The death toll now stands at 52 with over 2,410 injured", ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said in a statement, adding that at least one child had been killed during the demonstrations.

Protests roiled the Gaza border, resulting in at least 43 Palestinians killed, officials said. Black smoke from tyres burnt by demonstrators rose into the air at the border. Israeli forces were firing volleys of tear gas to disperse the crowds, and the sound of heavy gunfire could be heard.

Meanwhile, thousands of Palestinians are expected along the border of Israel and the Gaza Strip to protest the new embassy on Monday.

Israel considers the entire city its capital, while the Palestinians see Arab-majority east Jerusalem as the desired capital of their future state. Israel has annexed East Jerusalem and declared the entire city as its capital, a move not recognized by the global community.

The White House said the embassy relocation would allow Israel to determine its own capital.

Those talks have been frozen since 2014. Officials added that a 14-year-old was among those who died.

The Israeli military says its troops are defending the border and firing in accordance with the rules of engagement.

The embassy move marks one of Trump's most controversial and momentous foreign policy decisions to date ― both Israelis and Palestinians claim Jerusalem, but Israel has controlled the city since 1967.

The latest casualties raised the Palestinian death toll to 55 since the protests began on March 30. The day also draws large protests.


The protests have been generally peaceful, but some young men have thrown stones at Israeli soldiers or tried to fly flaming kites over the border.

Philip Luther, research and advocacy director for the Middle East and North Africa at Amnesty International, said: "This is another horrific example of the Israeli military using excessive force and live ammunition in a totally deplorable way".

The embassy move has particularly outraged Palestinians who have long hoped to create a capital for themselves in the city's eastern sector.

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

The Nakba, or Catastrophe, is the name given by Palestinians to the events of 1948 when hundreds of thousands of people were displaced from their homes during the creation of the state of Israel. The embassy was earlier based in Tel Aviv.

Ireland should join the United States and move its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem, Israeli government has said. "This is a one-sided move that strengthens occupation and moves us further from peace".

"France calls on all actors to show responsibility to prevent a new escalation", Le Drian said in a statement. For decades, USA policy has stated that Israelis and Palestinians should negotiate the city's status among themselves, and the status of the city is key in peace negotiations.

The Afghan Taliban, in a rare comment on matters outside Afghanistan, condemned the U.S. Embassy move and called on Muslim countries to oppose it.

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