WATCH: US Opens Embassy in Jerusalem Amid Violent Protests on Gaza Border

WATCH: US Opens Embassy in Jerusalem Amid Violent Protests on Gaza Border
Sputnik / Amit Sha’alMiddle East15:58 14.05.2018(updated 16:07 14.05.2018) Get short URL

Up to 700 guests are attending the opening ceremony in Jerusalem, including US President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka, his adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner and Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin. Meanwhile, Palestinian protests against the move that have been ongoing in Gaza and Jerusalem have turned violent with Israeli forces using live fire.

The US has declared its embassy in Jerusalem open during an opening ceremony that had kicked off on Monday at 4 p.m. local time months after the controversial US decision to relocate the embassy from Tel Aviv in December 2017.


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At the same time, violent rallies continue on the border with the Gaza Strip, with up to 15,000 Palestinians protesting against the relocation. So far, dozens of people were killed on Monday, with the death toll expected to further rise.

Since March 30, Palestinians have been holding the so-called Great March of Return, near the Gaza Strip border. During these protests, dozens of Palestinians have been killed, and over 1,000 others have been injured as Israeli forces continue to suppress the demonstrations.