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58 dead in Gaza protests as Israel fetes US Embassy move

58 dead in Gaza protests as Israel fetes US Embassy move

Posted May. 16, 2018 08:06,   

Updated May. 16, 2018 08:06

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Israeli police officers and Palestinian protesters crashed violently in front of the Qalandya checkpoint near Jerusalem at 4:00 p.m. Monday (local time). It was during middle of the official opening ceremony of the US embassy in Israel’s move to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv. On the day, some 40,000 Palestinian residents participated in the protest at the Gaza Strip and the west bank of the Jordan river.

Hundreds of Palestinian residents gathered to protest at the Qalandya checkpoint near Jerusalem. Most were in their teens or twenties in masks. Children a little over 10 were also among the protestors but it did not stop Israel from throwing tear-gas and shooting baton rounds.

The crash in the Gaza Strip was even more tragic. Jerusalem Post, a local newspaper, reported that at least 58 were dead and 2,771 were injured in the area alone.


Min-Woo Park minwoo@donga.com