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37 Palestinians killed as US embassy opening in Jerusalem looms

IANS  |  Gaza 

At least 37 Palestinians were killed and around 1,500 were wounded on Monday by Israeli troops in clashes on the border before the opening of the US embassy in

The said on that 35,000 Palestinians were demonstrating along the Gaza-boundary.

Among the deceased was a 14-year-old boy and reports from the and the group said hundreds were suffering from gunshot wounds, while many others were hit by shrapnel or affected by smoke, the reported.

Witnesses said that several Palestinians managed to get through the security fence and that tens or hundreds were crossing into the Israeli territory.

The demonstrations and general strikes had been planned to protest against the US embassy's relocation from to Jerusalem, which many consider contravenes international consensus to not recognize the city as Israel's capital until its status is established during negotiations.

Palestinians see East Jerusalem, which was occupied by during the 1967 Six Day War and later annexed in 1980, as the capital of their future state.

The timing of the move has also been slammed, as it is being held a day ahead of Nakba Day ("Day of the Catastrophe"), which this year marks of some 700,000 Palestinian refugees.

A small interim embassy will start operating on Monday inside the existing building in A will be found later when the rest of the embassy moves from

US will address the ceremony by video and he will be represented by his daughter and Ivanka Trump and

and of State will also be present at the event.



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First Published: Mon, May 14 2018. 19:46 IST