Many dead as Palestinians protest USA's Jerusalem embassy

Israeli soldiers shot and killed 28 Palestinians by early afternoon on Monday during massive protests at the Gaza border and injured nearly 1700 others, according to the Ministry of Health.

Since March 30, Palestinians have been holding the so-called Great March of Return near the Gaza Strip border.

The Israeli military has accused Gaza's ruling Hamas movement of instigating Palestinians to try to breach Israel's border fence and said Israeli soldiers use live ammunition to stop them.

Most of the dead were killed by Israeli fire near the border.

Kushner, who Trump has charged with brokering a peace agreement between the Israelis and the Palestinians, said Trump has shown he can be trusted.

Meanwhile, US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, who will preside over the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem, told an audience on Monday that Trump's decision to relocate the embassy is his most popular decision with the American people so far.

The left-wing group Peace Now said the move was a "political stunt that fulfills a campaign promise for Donald Trump at the cost of future reconciliation between Israelis and Palestinians, both of whom must have their narratives recognized and claims to Jerusalem addressed if we are ever to see a peace accord".

It said the Israeli military had killed three people trying to plant explosives near the security fence in Rafah.

"Our special bond in the envy of nations around the world", he says of US-Israel ties, noting the shared values of freedom, rights, and democracy.

The administration's Jerusalem recognition and embassy move "do not reflect a departure to our commitment to lasting peace", says Kushner.

There are also concerns that the move could heighten Palestinian unrest in the occupied West Bank and on the Gaza Strip border.

But Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Sunday that other countries should follow the United States lead "because it's the right thing to do".

The violence came as the USA opened its embassy in Jerusalem, a move that has infuriated Palestinians.

Members of the Trump administration have arrived in Israel to celebrate the United States embassy's controversial move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The protests are scheduled to culminate on Tuesday, the day Palestinians mourn as the "Nakba" or "Catastrophe" when, in 1948, hundreds of thousands of them were driven out of their homes or fled the fighting around Israel's creation.

For decades, world leaders located their embassies in Tel Aviv to assuage Palestinians. The argument that Jerusalem is not the capital of Israel - it's just not, it's not a fair point for them to make.

French Foreign Minister Jean-Yves Le Drian said the US move flouted worldwide law. The ceremony, as advertised by President Trump himself, will begin within the hour.

As the violence unfolded in Gaza, Israeli officials prepared to celebrate the transfer of the embassy to Jerusalem, a move Trump's predecessors and most other countries have shunned to avoid taking sides in the contest over sovereignty.

  • Leroy Wright