Palestinians count dead after day of carnage on Gaza border

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Israeli forces killed 55 Palestinians on the Gaza border in the conflict's bloodiest day in years on Monday as clashes and protests coincided with the deeply controversial opening of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. The BBC reports that Palestinians hurled stones and incendiary devices, while the Israeli military used tear gas and live fire from snipers.

An estimated 35,000 Palestinians gathered on the edges of Gaza as the US Embassy opened in Jerusalem, fanning out along the fence in the largest demonstrations yet.

On Monday, Israeli armed forces killed at least 58 people, including several teenagers, as waves of Palestinians tried to burst through the border fence separating Gaza from Israel.

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas accused Israel of "massacres", while Amnesty International called the violence an "abhorrent violation" of human rights.

Jared Kushner, who served as senior adviser to the President of the United States and other than his son-in-law, speaking at the opening ceremony of the Embassy, said that the protesters themselves provoked the violence.

Protests are expected to resume today.

Israelis were basking in national pride and pro-US fervour on Sunday as tens of thousands marched in Jerusalem, a day ahead of the controversial USA embassy move from Tel Aviv to the disputed city. But Palestinians also hope that portions of the east side of the city will be the capital of their future state, which has long led to administrations of both parties reserving the issue for future negotiations.

Beyond the disputed nature of Jerusalem, the date of the embassy move was also key.

Ms Ardern was asked for her view on comments made by Palestinian ambassador to the UN Riyadh Mansour, who said the Israeli action violated worldwide law.

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Alexander quoted a statement from France's Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian calling on Israeli authorities "to exercise discernment and restraint in the use of force that must be strictly proportionate".

"Today we officially open United States' embassy in Jerusalem, congratulations, its been a long time coming, nearly immediately after declaring statehood in 1948, Israel designated the city of Jerusalem as its capita".

White House officials have rejected this complaint.

"This is a great day".

With about 800 in attendance, the mood inside the embassy was festive Monday.

On Dec. 6, Trump, fulfilling a campaign promise, announced the official recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and his plan to move the embassy from Tel Aviv to the city that hosts sites sacred to Christians, Jews and Muslims. The United States setting up an Embassy there purposefully undermines the Palestinian position and makes peace less likely. For Palestinians, Tuesday marks the anniversary of "naqba", or catastrophe, when hundreds of thousands of people fled or were forced from their homes during the war surrounding Israel's founding.

"Thank you, President Trump, and thank you all, for making the alliance between America and Israel stronger than ever", he added.

Israel said it had a right to defend itself.

"East Jerusalem is occupied land".

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