Palestinians followed through with their vow to protest massively along the Gaza border Monday (May 14) with tens of thousands demonstrating and 37 killed by Israeli fire as clashes erupted over the controversial inauguration of the US embassy in Jerusalem.
The death toll made it the deadliest day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since the 2014 Gaza war.
The 37, including a 14-year-old, were shot dead by Israeli forces as clashes broke out at five points along the Gaza border hours before the opening of the embassy.
More than 900 Palestinians were wounded in the clashes, the health ministry in Gaza said, with the Palestinian Journalists’ Syndicate saying eight journalists were among them.
The Israeli army said that more than 35,000 people were involved in the protests and clashes. It accused Gaza’s Islamist rulers Hamas of leading a “terrorist operation under the cover of masses of people”. Read more