US Ambassador Friedman: THIS year in Jerusalem

May 12, 2018, 07:44
US Ambassador Friedman: THIS year in Jerusalem

The Israeli army said protesters threw grenades and explosives at troops.

Inside the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian protesters have built a tent encampment with different tents corresponding to the villages and towns that were destroyed during the Nakba (in Arabic, the Catastrophe), in 1948.

Hundreds of Gaza residents are gathering near the border with Israel for a seventh weekly protest aimed at shaking off a decade-old blockade of their territory.

Dozens of people took part in the attack, the military said, adding that they believe it was created to "sabotage humanitarian efforts that Israel & other countries carry out".

The watchdog has documented at least 15 journalists shot by Israeli soldiers since protests began at the Gazan border in late March.

U.S. President Donald Trump sparked outrage across the Muslim world in December in announcing the relocation of the U.S. Embassy and the recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Under a newly erected plastic sheet-roofed hall, Afnan, a 25-year-old medical student from Gaza City, recited some of her own verses promoting the Palestinian people's right to return.

A senior Hamas official signalled support on Thursday for thousands of Palestinians to breach the border fence into Israel at protests to coincide with next week's United States embassy move to Jerusalem.

The Islamist movement Hamas has controlled Gaza since 2007 and has fought three wars with Israel since. Israel will not allow the destruction of infrastructure at the border, said the IDF spokesperson.

In Jordan, dozens of Palestinians waving flags and chanting slogans joined "nakba" protests in an area near the Israeli-controlled frontier between the West Bank and the kingdom. It accuses Hamas of exploiting civilians and using the chaotic scenes to stage attacks.

Vandals later burned a fuel complex and a conveyor belt on the Palestinian side of Gaza's main cargo crossing with Israel, causing more than $US9 million in damages and disrupting the import of diesel fuel and building materials, the military said.

Hamas has said if the protests "don't achieve their goals", they will continue. It is also the right thing to do.

The State Department has not taken a clear position on the contested land in the embassy compound, but recognizes that Israel and Jordan had informally divided it and that it has been in continuous Israeli use since 1949.

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