Violence Grips Gaza Strip As Steve Mnuchin Unveils Brand New U.S. Embassy In Jerusalem

Dozens of Palestinians have been killed and thousands injured as clashes escalate over the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. Here’s the details…

In December we reported on President Trump’s decision to move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Fast forward six months later to today, and the embassy is officially open.

Here’s Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin unveiling the seal of the United States at the new embassy:

The move has sparked violent clashes over the last six months, and especially today.

Here’s coverage from RT:

Forty-three Palestinian protesters have been killed by Israeli fire during demonstrations ahead of the US embassy inauguration in Jerusalem, the Palestinian health ministry said Monday.

More than 2,200 protesters have been injured in Gaza so far on what has been the most violent day of the six week long Great March of Return. Those wounded on Monday include 74 children and 23 women, according to the ministry.

The Palestinian government denounced Monday’s violence as a “terrible massacre” perpetrated “by the forces of the Israeli occupation”, and called for an immediate international intervention to prevent further deaths.

 

There are around 35,000 protesters gathered at the border fence and thousands more within half a mile of the vicinity, according to Israeli Defence Forces. 

Clashes have also reportedly broken out between protesters and the Israeli Defense Forces in Bethlehem. 

The first of Monday’s deaths was 21-year-old Anas Hamdan Qudeih, killed east of Khan Yunis, a spokesperson for the ministry said. A 29-year-old man, Mosaab Yousef Ibrahim Abu Laila, was later killed east of Jabalya. Some of the dead have yet to be identified. At least one child is among the fatalities.

Amnesty International has called the Israeli violence in Gaza “an abhorrent violation of international law & human rights.”Six children are among Monday’s fatalities, according to the human rights organization

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The majority of injuries have been caused by live bullets while some 320 people were targeted with teargas, according to the ministry. The Palestinian Health Ministry claims that Israeli forces are directly targeting emergency services and journalists.

Six journalists have reportedly been injured while covering Monday’s demonstrations, according to the Journalist Support Committee.

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The IDF dropped leaflets warning people in Gaza to stay away from the security fence ahead of Monday’s protests. Demonstrators in North Gaza brought down an IDF drone that was allegedly dropping fire bombs on tents, according to the Great Return March movement.

President Trump is Tweeting of this ‘great day’ for Israel:

Not everybody is supportive of the move, however.

Here’s France expressing disapproval, via Reuters:

France’s foreign minister called on Israeli authorities to exercise restraint after more than 40 Palestinians were killed on Monday and said the U.S. decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem flouted international law.

“France calls on all actors to show responsibility to prevent a new escalation,” Jean-Yves Le Drian said in a statement. “France again calls on the Israeli authorities to exercise discernment and restraint in the use of force that must be strictly proportionate.”

Le Drian disapproved of the U.S decision to move its embassy to Jerusalem, which he said “violated international law and in particular U.N. Security Council resolutions.”

Finally, here is what Israel is defending, from Colonel Johnathan Conricus, Head of Social Media of the IDF:


 

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