Israeli forces kill 52 in Gaza protests as anger mounts over U.S. Embassy

Scuffles erupted on Monday (May 14) between Israeli forces and Palestinians and activists who were demonstrating against the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

The United States officially opened its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem on Monday fulfilling a pledge by President Donald Trump who has recognised the holy city as the Israeli capital.

Trump’s recognition of contested Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December outraged Palestinians, who said the United States could no longer serve as an honest broker in any peace process with Israel.

Palestinian chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said the embassy was a “new settlement outpost.”

On the Gaza border, at least 52 Palestinians were killed by Israeli gunfire in the latest in a round of protests dubbed the “Great March of Return”, health officials said.

Palestinians seek East Jerusalem as the capital of a state they want to establish in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Israel regards all of the city, including the eastern sector it captured in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed, as its “eternal and indivisible capital” in a move that has not won international recognition.

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