At least 37 Palestinians have been killed and hundreds injured during clashes with Israeli forces along the Gaza border. Protests have amplified as the opening ceremony for the US Embassy in Jerusalem gets underway.
Fresh clashes between Israeli troops and Palestinians broke out on Monday on the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel, as protesters reached the climax of a six-week protest against the US moving its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.
Gaza’s health ministry said 37 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.
As people protested, the ceremony to inaugurate the US Embassy in Jerusalem got underway, starting with the US national anthem.
Palestinian government spokesman Yusuf al-Mahmoud in a statement called for “an immediate international intervention to stop the terrible massacre in Gaza committed by the forces of the Israeli occupation against our heroic people.”
It is the deadliest day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since 2014.
Conflicting sources have put the number of injured at between 227 and 500. The ministry said 200 were wounded by live fire.
The Israeli army said in a statement its forces are “responding with riot dispersal means and fire, and are operating according to standard operating procedures” in response to “10,000 violent rioters.”