Deadliest day in years ahead of US Jerusalem embassy opening
MAY 14 (DNA) – Violent clashes erupted along the Gaza Strip s border ahead of the controversial opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, leaving 41 Palestinians dead from Israeli fire and hundreds wounded in the conflict s bloodiest day in years.
The clashes took place as a White House delegation and Israeli officials gathered for the embassy inauguration ceremony in Jerusalem. It was the bloodiest day in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict since a 2014 Gaza war.
The dead included a 14-year-old, according to the Gazan health ministry, which also provided the overall death toll.
Tens of thousands had gathered near the border in protest while smaller numbers of stone-throwing Palestinians approached the fence and sought to break through, with Israeli snipers positioned on the other side.
Crowds built throughout the day in the Palestinian enclave less than 100 kilometres (60 miles) away from Jerusalem and sealed off from Israel by a blockade.
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