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Israel kills 41, injures 1,700 Gaza protesters As US Embassy opens in Jerusalem

Many wounded include 74 children and 23 women according to the ministry.,

By: Daniel Newton  |@NeonNettle
 on 14th May 2018 @ 2.33pm
many wounded include 74 children and 23 women according to the ministry © press
Many wounded include 74 children and 23 women according to the ministry

Forty-one Palestinian protesters have been killed by Israel troops during demonstrations just days before the US embassy is due to open up in Jerusalem according to tot he Palestinian health ministry. 

In the most violent day so far, over 1,700 protesters have been injured in Gaza during the six weeks long Great March of Return.

Many wounded include 74 children and 23 women according to the ministry.

The Palestinian government denounced Monday’s violence as a “terrible massacre” instigated “by the forces of the Israeli occupation”, calling for an immediate international.

RT reports: There are around 35,000 protesters gathered at the border fence and thousands more within half a mile of the vicinity, according to Israeli Defence Forces.

Clashes have also reportedly broken out between protesters and the Israeli Defense Forces in Bethlehem.

The first of Monday's deaths was 21-year-old Anas Hamdan Qudeih, killed east of Khan Yunis, a spokesperson for the ministry said.

\A 29-year-old man, Mosaab Yousef Ibrahim Abu Laila, was later killed east of Jabalya. Some of the dead have yet to be identified. At least one child is among the fatalities.

The majority of injuries have been caused by live bullets while some 320 people were targeted with teargas, according to the ministry.

The Palestinian Health Ministry claims that Israeli forces are directly targeting emergency services and journalists.

The latest deaths bring the number killed since the Great March of Return protests began six weeks ago to 86.

Turkey’s Deputy Prime Minister Bekir Bozdag has condemned Monday’s violence, claiming the US, as well as Israel, is responsible for the “massacre” because of their “unjust decision” to move the embassy.

It is celebrated among Israelis as Independence Day. Thousands of people have gathered near the border to take part in Monday's protests.

Huge demonstrations are expected to mark the May 15 event, which brings to a close the six-week Great March of Return demonstrations.

The IDF dropped leaflets warning people in Gaza to stay away from the security fence ahead of Monday’s protests. Demonstrators in North Gaza brought down an IDF drone that was allegedly dropping fire bombs on tents, according to the Great Return March movement.

A few minutes ago, IDF jets once again distributed leaflets warning against approaching the security fence, attempting to sabotage it or to carry out terror attacks.

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