In Pictures: U.S. Embassy Move to Jerusalem Sparks Violent Clashes Between Israeli Troops and Palestinian Protesters

Photos of deadly clashes on Israel-Gaza border as U.S. Embassy moves to JerusalemMohammed Salem/Reuters
Palestinians run for cover from tear gas during clashes with Israeli security forces near the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip.Mohammed Abed/AFP

Palestinian protesters were killed as Israeli troops clashed with demonstrators along the Gaza border, on the day the United States prepared to open its embassy in Jerusalem.

Violent protests intensified on the 70th anniversary of Israel's founding, with loudspeakers on Gaza mosques urging Palestinians to join a "Great March of Return." Black smoke from tires burned by demonstrators rose into the air at the border.

Israeli troops killed at least 41 Palestinians, including five minors—one of them a girl—and a man in a wheelchair, the Palestinian health ministry said. Hundreds of protesters were injured, at least 450 by live bullets, health officials said. The man in the wheelchair had been pictured on social media using a slingshot.

The latest casualties raised the Palestinian death toll to 86 since the protests began on March 30. No Israeli casualties have been reported.

The killings have drawn international criticism, but the United States, which has angered the Palestinians and Arab powers by relocating its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, has echoed Israel in accusing Gaza's ruling Hamas movement of instigating violence, an allegation it denies.

Palestinians, who want their own future state with its capital in East Jerusalem, have been outraged by Trump's shift from previous administrations' preference for keeping the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv pending progress in peace efforts.

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Those talks have been frozen since 2014. Other international powers worry that the U.S. move could also inflame Palestinian unrest in the occupied West Bank, which Israel captured along with East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war.

The protests are scheduled to culminate on Tuesday (May 15), the day Palestinians mourn as the "Nakba" or "Catastrophe" when, in 1948, hundreds of thousands of them were driven out of their homes or fled the fighting around Israel's creation.

— Reuters contributed to this report. 

Palestinians transport a demonstrator injured during clashes with Israeli forces near the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel.Thomas Coex/AFP
A Palestinian man assists a wounded protester during clashes with Israeli security forces near the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip.Mohammed Abed/AFP
A Palestinian carries an injured protester during clashes with Israeli forces near the border between the Gaza strip and Israel.Mahmud Hams/AFP
Palestinians carry a protester injured during clashes with Israeli forces along the border with the Gaza strip, east of Khan Yunis.Said Khatib/AFP
A Palestinian holds his national flag in the smoke billowing from burning tires during clashes with Israeli forces near the border between the Gaza strip and Israel. Thomas Coex/AFP
A Palestinian demonstrator moves a burning tire during a protest in Bethlehem.Mussa Qawasma/Reuters
An Israeli soldier aims his weapon at Palestinian demonstrators during a protest outside the Qalandia checkpoint near Ramallah.Mohamad Torokman/Reuters
A Palestinian man holding his national flag walks in the smoke billowing from burning tires during clashes with Israeli forces along the border with the Gaza strip.Said Khatib/AFP
A Palestinian lies on the ground during a protest at the Israel-Gaza border.Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters
A Palestinian man uses a slingshot during clashes with Israeli forces along the border with the Gaza strip.Said Khatib/AFP
An Israeli drone drops tear gas canisters on Palestinian protesters during clashes with Israeli forces near the border between Israel and the Gaza strip.Mohammed Abed/AFP
An Israeli drone drops tear gas near the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip.Mohammed Abed/AFP

Palestinian protesters were killed as Israeli troops clashed with demonstrators along the Gaza border, on the day the United States prepared to open its embassy in Jerusalem.

Violent protests intensified on the 70th anniversary of Israel's founding, with loudspeakers on Gaza mosques urging Palestinians to join a "Great March of Return." Black smoke from tires burned by demonstrators rose into the air at the border.

Israeli troops killed at least 41 Palestinians, including five minors—one of them a girl—and a man in a wheelchair, the Palestinian health ministry said. Hundreds of protesters were injured, at least 450 by live bullets, health officials said. The man in the wheelchair had been pictured on social media using a slingshot.

The latest casualties raised the Palestinian death toll to 86 since the protests began on March 30. No Israeli casualties have been reported.

The killings have drawn international criticism, but the United States, which has angered the Palestinians and Arab powers by relocating its embassy to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv, has echoed Israel in accusing Gaza's ruling Hamas movement of instigating violence, an allegation it denies.

Palestinians, who want their own future state with its capital in East Jerusalem, have been outraged by Trump's shift from previous administrations' preference for keeping the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv pending progress in peace efforts.

Read more: Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner Blessed by Rabbi Who Compared Black People to Monkeys in Jerusalem

Those talks have been frozen since 2014. Other international powers worry that the U.S. move could also inflame Palestinian unrest in the occupied West Bank, which Israel captured along with East Jerusalem in the 1967 Middle East war.

The protests are scheduled to culminate on Tuesday (May 15), the day Palestinians mourn as the "Nakba" or "Catastrophe" when, in 1948, hundreds of thousands of them were driven out of their homes or fled the fighting around Israel's creation.

— Reuters contributed to this report.