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DEVELOPING: Israeli Forces Kill Dozens Palestinian Protesters Ahead Of US Embassy Opening In Jerusalem

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DEVELOPING: Israeli Forces Kill Dozens Palestinian Protesters Ahead Of US Embassy Opening In Jerusalem

Baz Ratner / Reuters

UPDATED 4: 52 Palestinians have been killed and over 2,400 have been injured.

UPDATED 3: According to the updated info, 43 Palestinains have been killed and over 2,200 have been injured.

UPDATED 2: 41 Palestinians have been killed, over 1,700 others have been injured. The Palestinian government described the violence as a “terrible massacre” perpetrated “by the forces of the Israeli occupation”. It also called for an immediate international intervention to prevent further deaths.

UPDATED: According to fresh reports, at least 38 Palestinians have been killed, over 1,600 have been injured.

18 Palestinian protesters have been killed and over 900 have been injured by Israeli forces ahead of the US embassy inauguration in Jerusalem, the Palestinian health ministry said on May 14.

Over 35,000 people are protesting at the border fence, according to the Israeli side.

The Palestinians have gathered to demonstrate over the US embassy relocation to Jerusalem. The US Embassy will be opened in Jerusalem at 4pm local time. More than 1,000 Israeli police officers will be working near the event, which is expected to be attended by a US delegation represented by presidential advisers Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner.

US President Donald Trump formally announced the United States recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on December 6, 2017. The move has triggered an escalatino of the Palestinian-Israeli tensions.

At the same time, the Israeli Air Force’s aircraft struck alleged Hamas military posts near the Jabalia area after Israeli troops had been “fired upon from the northern Gaza Strip,” the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) said adding that no IDF soldiers were injured in the incident.

At the same time, the IDF has deployed reinforcements along the Gaza Strip and the West Bank in the anticipation of a possible escalation and attempts to penetrate the security fense in the run-up to Nakba Day on May 15, which commemorates the Palestinian exodus that occurred as a result of Israel’s declaration of independence in 1948.

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