U.S. Embassy Opens in Jerusalem – Deadly Riot Breaks Out
Dozens of Palestinian Protesters Killed
DATE 18-05-14 10:14
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By Alex Kim | News Korea
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On Monday, May 14th, the U.S. officially relocated its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.


While Israelis and the U.S. officials celebrated the move in Jerusalem, a deadly riot broke out only 50 miles away, which resulted in the deaths of dozens of Palestinians.


Palestinians, who claim the eastern part of Jerusalem, see the new U.S. Embassy in the city as a potential threat to lose their stake in the “holy city”.


Both Israel and the U.S. agreed on this date to officially announce the move as the State of Israel was founded 70 years ago on this date.


Palestinians started protesting against the decision regarding the new location for the U.S. Embassy six weeks ago, but this Monday marks the deadliest day in Gaza since 2014.


According to the Gaza Health Ministry, at least 55 Palestinians were killed and over 1,000 were wounded; five minors were among the death casualty.


The Palestinian officials are calling the incident on Monday, a “horrific massacre” by Israel and planning to take Israel to the International Criminal Court.


The Israeli officials are accusing Hamas, a Palestinian fundamentalist organization, for the violence at the Gaza border. The Israel Defense Forces (IDF) stated that Hamas should be held accountable for inciting thousands of Palestinians to start a series of violent riots.


Shin Bet, the Israel Security Agency, said in a statement, “It appears Hamas is encouraging and sending protesters to the border fence in order to carry out violent acts and damage security infrastructure.” Shin Bet added that Hamas warns its own members to stay away from the border while encouraging Palestinian civilians to charge at the border.


The killings of Palestinian protesters are drawing massive criticism from the international community. Egypt, one of Israel’s closest allies, condemned the acts of Israeli troops and Turkey is calling the killings a “genocide”.


“Every country has the obligation to protect its borders,” said Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a statement defending Israeli troop’s military action on Monday. Netanyahu added, “The Hamas terrorist organization declares its intentions to destroy Israel and sends thousands to break through the border fence for that purpose. We will continue to act with determination to defend our sovereignty and our citizens.”


Both the European Union and United Nations urged Israel to display restraint in the use of force while asking Hamas to keep protests peaceful.

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