Palestinian killed during large-scale protest along the border
- Author: Leroy Wright May 12, 2018,
May 12, 2018, 15:49
Thousands of protesters Friday gathered in five tent camps set up weeks ago, each several hundred meters from the border.
Israel's army said around 15,000 Palestinians took part in Friday's protests.
Next week's climax will focus on the U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem, taking place on Monday, and commemorating Nakba (catastrophe) day, when Palestinians mark the 70th anniversary of the establishment of the state of Israel and the birth of the Palestinian refugee problem.
Gaza protesters run from tear gas and live ammunition during Friday's Great Return March demonstrations.
The Kerem Shalom crossing is located near Israel's border with Egypt and is used by trucks, carrying goods and food supplies between Israel and Gaza.
As far as protests are concerned, U.S. officials said that Israeli security is assessing the situation minute by minute.
Palestinian demonstrators are burning tyres and using tennis rackets to bat away tear gas canisters fired by Israeli troops as they fight a decade-old blockade of territory.
As the President stated on December 6, 2017, the historic opening of our embassy recognizes the reality that Jerusalem is the capital of Israel and the seat of its government.
The Palestinian president, who began an official tour of Latin America starting with Venezuela on Sunday, arrived in Santiago on Wednesday during a tour of Latin America where he is urging countries not to transfer their embassies in Israel to Jerusalem. Officials say the United States delegation doesn't plan to meet any Palestinian officials during their visit. Palestinians call Israel's Independence Day, which falls on May 14 on the Gregorian calendar, as the nakba or "catastrophe".
The Israeli and Egyptian governments enacted the blockade in 2007 after Islamic militant organizations overran the region.
Many of Jordan's residents are descendants of Palestinian refugees. Kites that were ablaze in flames were flown toward the Israeli side of the fence, causing fires.
It says in a statement that forces are searching for the driver who fled the scene.