Protesters on warpath as U.S. opens Jerusalem embassy

May 14, 2018, 7:08 AM EDT
Violent clashes have flared up at Gaza-Israel border in last six weeks.
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U.S. officials and President Donald Trump’s daughter Ivanka are in Israel to attend the inauguration of the U.S. embassy in Jerusalem, as Israeli forces gear up to tackle violent protesters rallying along the Gaza Strip frontier.

President Trump broke away with America’s decades-old policy by recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel last year, a move that sparked fierce protests by the Palestinians who consider the disputed territory as the capital of their future state, notes the BBC.

Tens of thousands of protesters are expected to flock to the perimeter fence along the Gaza Strip even as Israel continues to restrain the demonstrations with fatal force, portraying the movement as a “terrorist” ploy by Hamas, reports The Guardian.