Deadliest Day: 58 Palestinians Killed, More Than 2,700 Injured in Protest Ahead of US Embassy in Gaza, Jerusalem – UPD (NEW Heartbreaking PHOTOS)

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Israeli forces have killed 58 Palestinians and wounded at least 2,700 in Gaza due to the US embassy opening in Jerusalem.

This is a developing story. Stay with Nexter.org for the updates.

Source: AP Photo/Adel Hana

Updated May 15:

Despite deadly protests that took lives of nearly 60 people, the US Embassy in Jerusalem was officially opened.

President’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, was among the dignitaries to open the Embassy which was officially moved from Tel Aviv.

In a recorded message, U.S. President said the move was a “long time coming” and that the United States remained “fully committed” to peace between Israel and Palestinians.

Source: AP

What’s going on?

At least 58 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces during conflicts at the Gaza border on Monday. It is the highest Palestinian single-day death toll since a series of protests dubbed the “Great March of Return” began at the border with Israel on March 30 and since a 2014 Gaza war.

The demonstrations were taking place hours before the new US embassy was due to officially open in Jerusalem. “A great day for Israel,” Trump tweeted early on Monday.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said more than 1,600 had suffered injuries, and that many of the dead had not yet been identified.

What are they fighting for? 

Tens of thousands gathered at the frontier on Monday, some of them approaching Israel’s border fence – a line Israeli leaders vowed Palestinians would not be allowed to breach.

“Today is the big day when we will cross the fence and tell Israel and the world we will not accept being occupied forever,” said Gaza science teacher Ali, who declined to give his last name.

“Many may get martyred today, so many, but the world will hear our message. Occupation must end,” he said according to Reuters.

Source: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images

Organisers have called for an end to a decade-old Israeli-imposed blockade, and for refugees and their descendants to be allowed to return to their ancestral homes. Monday’s march is anticipated to be the largest yet.

“I’m here because of our land that we want back. We have nothing to lose,” said 25-year-old Mohammed Nabieh, who said he is the descendant of refugees from a village near the Israeli city of Ashdod. “Nobody cares about us. Why should we wait to die slowly?”

Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in December, a move that led to an outcry from world powers and dismay from Palestinians, who see East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

The holy city has been one of the most contentious issues in past negotiations, and broad international consensus has been that its status will be settled under a peace deal, although Trump has said Jerusalem is now “off the table”.

See more photos from the scene:

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