Published: Mon, May 14, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Israeli forces kill Palestinian during Gaza protest

Israeli forces kill Palestinian during Gaza protest

As several are killed and dozens wounded along the Gaza border amid violent protests there and across the West Bank, shortly after 4pm local time today Robert Jeffress, the pastor of First Baptist Church in Dallas, will calmly pray for the Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Donald Trump at the highly controversial new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem.

"We will cross the border and impose new realities like the reality Trump imposed in Jerusalem", he added, referring to President Donald Trump's decision in December to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and then move the U.S. Embassy there.

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

Earlier, in a Twitter remark from Washington, Trump said, "A great day for Israel!" but did not mention the violence. "We are in Jerusalem and we are here to stay".

"The United States is prepared to support a peace agreement in every way we can".

On the Gaza border, at least 38 Palestinians were killed by Israeli gunfire in the latest in a round of protests dubbed the "Great March of Return", health officials said.

Israeli foreign ministry said that 86 foreign ambassadors to Israel were invited to the opening ceremony.

"Once again Israel has responded to protests in Gaza by using lethal sniper fire, killing scores of Palestinian protesters and wounding many, many more".

France called on Israel to show restraint and U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said he was "deeply concerned" by the events in Gaza.

Gaza's ruling Hamas says it expects tens of thousands to join Monday's march, suggesting a possible border breach.

Clouds of black smoke from burning tires rose into the air.

Donald Trump's decision to move the embassy from Tel Aviv has angered Palestinians, who claim East Jerusalem as the capital of a future state.

Other major powers worry that the U.S. move could also inflame Palestinian unrest in the occupied West Bank, which Israel captured along with East Jerusalem in a 1967 war. "We are deeply grateful and our people will be eternally grateful for his bold decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and to move the embassy there", Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said yesterday.

Near Gaza City, hundreds gathered about 150 metres from the fence.

The ceremony will take place in the U.S. Consulate's visa section in Jerusalem which will later become the embassy.

The first victim to be named was Anas Hamdan Qdeih, a 21-year-old, who was shot dead by Israeli forces east of Khan Younis, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

Ivanka is accompanied by her husband Kushner, who is an Orthodox Jew, who reportedly has strong Israeli connections, which may one of the chief reasons why he was part of the delegation.

Some protesters moved to within about 150 meters (yards) of the border fence.

"The IDF (Israel Defence Forces) will act forcefully against any terrorist activity and will operate to prevent attacks against Israelis", the military said in a statement.

The killings have drawn global criticism, but the United States has echoed Israel in accusing Gaza's ruling Hamas movement of instigating violence, an allegation it denies.

Israel applauded Trump's moves but some other US allies strongly argued against it, warning that it could provoke violence and further destabilize the volatile Middle East.

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim added that the United States "pulled the pin on a bomb" in the Middle East with its decision.

In the West Bank, several thousand people gathered in the centre of Ramallah, while hundreds marched to the Qalandiya crossing on the outskirts of Jerusalem, where protesters threw stones at Israeli troops. The city's future status is one of the most divisive issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly praised Trump's decision to upend decades of USA policy by recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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