Further clashes expected on Israel's border with Gaza

Mahmud Hams—AFP

Israel's army said around 5,000 Palestinians took part in Friday's protest.

Last December, U.S. President Donald Trump sparked an global outcry when he unilaterally recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and vowed to relocate Washington's embassy to the flashpoint city - a move scheduled for next Monday (May 14).

Thousands came to protest along the security fence at the Gaza border today. "We'll be ready", he said. "We are used to wars and no one with us but Allah".

From the camps, smaller groups moved closer to the fence. Rioters were also "launching kites with burning items attached to them with the intention of igniting fires in Israeli territory". One Palestinian was killed.

The Palestinian March of Return is scheduled to climax on May 14, the day of the embassy dedication, which marks the 70th anniversary, according to the Gregorian calendar, of the birth of the modern State of Israel, though Hamas has called for the protests to continue beyond mid-May.

Palestinian medical workers said seven of those wounded were critically injured, including a 16-year-old teen who was shot in the face.

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Speaking at the scene while tear gas canisters fell to the ground, Sky News Correspondent Alex Rossi said: "It is very volatile here". Several protesters were killed. Forty protesters were killed and more than 1,700 wounded by Israeli troops since late March.

On Wednesday, Yahya Sinwar, the leader of Hamas in the Gaza Strip, said that protests on the Israeli border will be "decisive" and that Hamas leaders "are ready to die along with tens of thousands", reported The Times of Israel. Rights groups say the use of potentially lethal force against unarmed protesters is unlawful.

Israel warned it would prevent any border breach, sticking to open-fire policies, including targeting "main instigators" and those approaching the fence. -Israeli celebration, downplaying reports that very few if any diplomats from other countries that have not recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital would attend.

The embassy is partly in predominantly Jewish West Jerusalem and partly in predominantly Arab East Jerusalem.

Steve Siegelbaum's outrageous letter in your May 1 issue denigrating Israel and defending the "poor Palestinians" can not go unchallenged. Israel and Egypt maintain a security blockade of Gaza.

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