At least three of the 41 Palestinians reportedly killed Monday in clashes ahead of the Jerusalem opening of the U.S. Embassy to Israel were "armed terrorists" caught trying to plant a bomb near the Gaza border fence, Israel's military said.
The president's elder daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka TrumpIvana (Ivanka) Marie TrumpRomney denounces pastor slated to speak at US embassy in Jerusalem Vulnerable Republican keeps focus as Democrats highlight Trump Trump won't attend opening of new US Embassy in Jerusalem MORE and Jared KushnerJared Corey KushnerEPA strife spotlights Trump-era infighting Romney denounces pastor slated to speak at US embassy in Jerusalem Pentagon finds problems with Kushner-backed health program: report MORE, headlined the USA delegation that praised Trump for fulfilling a promise that none of his predecessors have. CNN journalists heard gunshots in spurts and saw a tank moving towards the fence in the border area of Malaka.
Palestinian officials accused Israel of committing a "horrific massacre" and called on the global community to immediately intervene.
"Iran's aggression threatens the many peace-loving citizens throughout the region and the world", Kushner said. Protests roiled along the Gaza border, resulting in at least 37 Palestinians being killed and an estimated 500 more injured after Israeli forces opened fire. The troops responded with fire at the terrorists.
Egypts Foreign Ministry also condemns Israels targeting of Palestinian civilians in Gaza. Nearly 2000 were injured, over 900 with live ammunition.
"By far, this is the worst day". The total number of casualties at the protests stands at 97 over the six weeks.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu described the opening of the US embassy in as "a day that will be engraved in our national memory for generations".
The timing of Monday's events was deeply symbolic to Israel and the Palestinians.
"Today is one of the most ferocious days our people have seen", Abbas said, before turning his thoughts to the newly-anointed US Embassy. "Now it's another illegal settlement by the Israel and the United States".
Turkey's Foreign Ministry says the decision by the USA to move its embassy to Jerusalem encouraged Israeli forces to kill dozens of Palestinian protestors.
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"We extend a hand in friendship to Israel, the Palestinians and to all of their neighbors", Trump said.
Speaking at the ceremony, Netanyahu hailed the alliance between America and Israel as "stronger than ever", and described Monday as "a day that will be engraved in our national memory for generations".
The United States officially moved its Israeli embassy from the city of Tel Aviv to Jerusalem on Monday.
The two sides were separated by police at the Temple Mount, a sacred site to Jews, Muslims and Christians, and several Jewish marchers were removed for breaking the rules of conduct, Ynet News reported.
However, that changed with Trump's declaration to shift the U.S. embassy in December 2017.
But it also marks the anniversary of what Palestinians call their "nakba", or catastrophe, a reference to the uprooting of hundreds of thousands who fled or were expelled from present-day Israel during the 1948 war surrounding Israel's creation. Roughly 800 guests were expected to attend. Human rights groups including Amnesty International condemned the excessive use...
Pope Francis said he could not "silence his concern over the situation".
Today marked the biggest showdown in years between Israel's military and Gaza's Hamas rulers along the volatile border.
"A shameless violation of worldwide law, in some instances constituting war crimes", Amnesty global said on Twitter. James Masters wrote from London. Tamari Qiblawi wrote from Beirut.