Palestinians Killed In Gaza Protests Ahead Of Embassy Opening

Ibraheem Abu Mustafa  Reuters                   A wounded Palestinian is evacuated during the protest

Ibraheem Abu Mustafa Reuters A wounded Palestinian is evacuated during the protest

The Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs reiterated that stance after the embassy opened on Monday.

Turkish officials have repeatedly condemned US President Donald Trump's decision to move the US embassy, a key promise during his election campaign, warning it risked inflaming tensions.

"We are ecstatic to be able to celebrate Israel in this way", Naomi Adler, president & CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia, said. "Israel is a sovereign nation with the right like every other sovereign nation to determine its own capital, yet for many years, we failed to acknowledge the obvious, the plain reality that Israel's capital is Jerusalem", President Trump said.

In addition to the dead, more than 500 are injured, according to the Gaza Health Ministry, which has reported that one of the dead protesters is 14.

His daughter Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner attended the ceremony, as they led a United States delegation that included the treasury secretary and four Republican senators.

Likewise, in a Fox News interview in Jerusalem, Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin did not mention the violence. President Trump, by recognizing history, you have made history.

"If the Palestinians would say today, 'We want peace, ' there would be peace within a week", says Klein. "Jerusalem must remain a city that brings people of all faiths together".

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu praised the move, calling it historic.

Kushner, in a rare public speech, said the relocation from Tel Aviv, a diplomatically and politically sensitive step promised but never implemented by a succession of US presidents, showed that Trump was a man of his word.

Meanwhile, National leader Simon Bridges said the U.S. had "stood on its rights" and in doing so, had made a case for the embassy, but it had led to an unsafe situation. There was an overwhelming vote in the December opposing this embassy move. The opening came with violent backlash as Palestinian protesters in Gaza clashed with Israeli forces and the death count keeps rising. The resolution didn't name the US explicitly but expressed "deep regret" at any decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital - which US President Trump chose to do on December 6, 2017.

At least 37 people have been killed by the Israeli military and more than 1,000 injured along the Gaza border on Monday, health officials said, as the USA officially moves its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Monday's opening is also occurring the same week the Muslim holy month is starting.

Israel maintains it is within its rights to protect its borders, which some Palestinians have attacked or tried to cross.

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