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US opens new embassy in Jerusalem amid 37 deaths in Israel-Palestinian clashes

Press Trust of India  |  Jerusalem 

The US today opened its embassy in under a controversial move by that has infuriated the Palestinians, who clashed with Israeli soldiers who shot dead at least 37 of them in Gaza, in the deadliest escalation of violence since 2014.

Trump announced the decision to move the embassy in December, when he formally recognised the city as the capital of Israel, breaking away from decades of US neutrality on the senstitive issue.

Trump, in an early morning tweet, hailed the opening of the US embassy in as "a great day for "

Trump made no reference to the violence in an early morning tweet but said, "A great day for Israel!"


A high-level American delegation that includes John Sullivan, Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin, and Trump Jared Kushner, and first daughter Ivanka Trump, and are attending the embassy opening ceremony.

Israeli was also present.

The Embassy move is contentious for Palestinians, who hope to claim part of the city as their future capital, and for many in the Arab world, as it is home to some of the holiest sites in Islam. The city is also home to deeply holy sites for Jews and Christians.

The issue has been so thorny that international negotiators had left the question of to the final stages of any peace deal.

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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 18:40 IST
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