15 May 2018Hot off the Press
Thousands of Palestinians have been wounded and dozens killed by Israeli forces at the Gaza border amidst violent protests against the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem.
The Palestinians made a mass attempt to cross the border fence separating Israel from Gaza, which turned violent as Israeli forces opened fire, wounding at least 1,350 people and killing 58 by the late evening.
The border turned chaotic as tear-gas was hurled at the protesters, causing a panorama of smoke that surrounded tens of thousands of people.
It is estimated that a total of 2,700 people were injured in the protests, however it is reported that the majority of those injuries were from tear-gas inhalation.
Emergency services were on the scene, where they carried off the injured and the deceased on stretchers, most of those wounded being teenagers.
While the protests erupted, American and Israeli officials celebrated, only 60 kilometres away from the carnage, US President Donalds Trump’s relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem.
Many Washington officials have been unwilling to move the embassy to Jerusalem in the past, as they insisted on the establishing of an official agreement between Palestine and Israel regarding Jerusalem.
Mr Trump said, via a recorded video message that was aired to an estimated 800 people at the opening, that the United States were “fully committed to facilitating a lasting peace agreement.”
Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, sounded triumphant rather than conciliatory over the move saying, “What a glorious day! Remember this moment! This is history! President Trump, by recognising history, you have made history.”
Many Israeli citizens see the relocation of the embassy as simply acknowledging that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel.
However, the Palestinian opposition stems from their claim on East Jerusalem and their view that the US will not continue to remain impartial in determining the region’s future.