Gaza border clashes: 10 killed, hundreds injured

A worker is seen inside the new U.S. embassy compound during preparations for its opening ceremony in Jerusalem

A worker is seen inside the new U.S. embassy compound during preparations for its opening ceremony in Jerusalem

The US-Israeli festivities to open the compound Monday precede Palestinian memorial events marking the "Nakba", or the catastrophe of their displacement at Israel's creation in 1948.

There have already been weeks of protests and clashes along the Gaza border, with 54 Palestinians killed by Israeli fire there since March 30.

Ivanka Trump and husband Jared Kushner have flown to Israel to open America's embassy, which has controversially been moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

"On Monday May 14th, the Hamas terrorist organization plans to send armed terrorists, among 250,000 violent rioters to swarm and breach Israel's border with Gaza and enter Israeli communities", an IDF spokeswoman said in the video.

But Diana Buttu, a Ramallah-based analyst and former advisor to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, said the USA might be making a mistake and conflating the region's leadership with its streets.

In the West Bank, several thousand people gathered in the centre of Ramallah, while hundreds marched to the Qalandiya crossing on the outskirts of Jerusalem, where protesters threw stones at Israeli troops.

The Palestinian organizers of the protest movement expressed thus the disagreement with the expulsion by the Israeli authorities.

Witnesses say Israeli drones have dropped incendiary materials, setting ablaze tires that had been collected for use in a planned Gaza border protest.

Medics evacuate a Palestinian protester who was shot by Israeli snipers during protests inside the Gaza Strip, May 14, 2018.

Israelis were basking in national pride and pro-American fervor Sunday as tens of thousands marched in Jerusalem, a day ahead of the controversial United States embassy move from Tel Aviv to the disputed city.

Workers prepare the stage for the opening ceremony of the new USA embassy in Jerusalem on May 13, 2018.

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Along with rejecting the US embassy move, Palestinians are also protesting to mark the anniversary of what they call the "nakba" or "catastrophe" in reference to the hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who were expelled or fled during the 1948 war surrounding Israel's creation.

The embassy move is a powerful symbol of a new unity with Israel.

"It will not be an easy road", but peace can be achieved if we "dream big", he says.

Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed it in a move not recognized internationally.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas cut ties with the Trump administration and declared it unfit to mediate peace talks.

Banners hailing "President Turmp is a friend of Zion", "Trump make Israel Great" and "God Bless President Trump" are splashed all over Jerusalem as Israelis celebrated not only the moving of the USA embassy to the city but also Jerusalem Day yesterday.

"It is time to officially recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel", Trump declared on December 6, saying that he hoped the move could spur renewed peace negotiations.

A "sea change has been coming over a period of years", said Victoria Coates, senior director for Strategic Assessment at the National Security Council, speaking of the closeness between Gulf countries and Israel.

Most of the dead were killed by Israeli fire near the border. Paraguay intends to follow suit later this month.

Professor Yossi Mekelberg, from Chatham House's Middle East and North Africa Programme, told The Independent: "Jerusalem is holy to Jews, Muslims and Christians; it is one of the most sensitive places on planet Earth".

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