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The Latest: Australia Accuses Hamas of Palestinian Deaths



GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip – The latest news about the opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem and Palestinian protests (all time local):

3:40

Australia's Prime Minister accused the Hamas militant group for the war death of more than 50 Palestinians under Israeli Fire along the Israel-Gaza Border

PM Malcolm Turnbull told Melbourne Radio 3AW: "Hamas's behavior is confrontational, they try to provoke the Israel Defense Forces."

Turnbull says, "They're pushing people In this zone of conflict, you are basically pushing people into situations where they are most likely to be shot. "

Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop called on Israel to act appropriately in its response and to refrain from excessive demands

Turnbull says Australia will not follow the US leadership in He is moving his message to Jerusalem in Israel.

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:40 am

The UN Security Council will meet Tuesday to talk about the deadly violence on the border between Israel and Gaza

Kuwait demanded the meeting after Monday's more when 50 Palestinians were killed in mass protests under Israeli fire. It was the deadliest day in Gaza since a 2014 cross-border war.

The Palestinian UN envoy wants the Security Council to condemn the murders.

Meanwhile, the Israeli ambassador calls on the Council to condemn Hamas Islamist militant group that ruled the coastal strip in the Gaza Strip and led the protests

It is not immediately clear what will come out of the discussion. At an emergency meeting following similar protests in March, council members pushed for restraint on both sides but did not decide on any action or common message.

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12:30

The Israeli military says it will reopen the main crossing of the Gaza Strip.

The Kerem-Shalom crossing was closed on the weekend after Palestinian protesters damaged the facility.

Food, medical supplies, fuel and building materials are shipped to the Gaza Strip via the intersection. The military says it will reopen Tuesday, but it is not expected to be fully utilized.

Israeli officials say demonstrators have spent millions of dollars on a fuel line and conveyor belt that could take weeks to repair.

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12:15

The Turkish embassy in Washington says the Turkish ambassador to the United States is being called home by the Trump administration when she moves the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem.

Turkey also reminds its ambassador to Israel for consultations. The Turkish Foreign Ministry says it strongly condemns the decision to postpone the message and considers the move "legally null and void".

Turkey says the move "disregards the legitimate rights of the Palestinian people" and "will not serve peace, security and stability in the region."

In a statement, Turkey also criticizes Israel for the death of Palestinians protesting on the border between Gaza and Israel. Turkey calls it a "massacre".

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23:00

A senior official says the Palestinian leadership in the West Bank has decided to file a war crimes case against Israel at the International Criminal Court on occupied land.

Saeb Erekat says the decision was made late Monday in a meeting between Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and high-ranking PLO officials. It came after the US transferred its embassy in Israel to embattled Jerusalem on Monday and Israeli forces killed 55 people in Gaza protests.

Erekat says a decision has been made to sign the referral "immediately" This would signal a significant deterioration in the increasingly strained relations between the two sides.

The Palestinians have been on trial since the UN Security Council's recognition of a "Palestinian state" in 2012.

Erekat In this capacity, "Palestine" will also join several international organizations. Earlier decisions of this kind were sharply rejected by the US and Israel.

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22.00

The White House says responsibility for dozens of deaths in Gaza coincides with the opening of the new US embassy in the embattled Jerusalem. "is in direct contact with Hamas."

The White House spokesman, Raj Shah, responded to reports of Israeli soldiers who shot and killed dozens of Palestinians during mass demonstrations on the Gaza border on Monday.

It was the deadliest day since a devastating event of the 2014 Border War.

Shah says that "Israel has the right to defend itself" and blames Hamas for the "dire situation".

He also calls Monday "a great day for Israel and the United States."

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9:55 pm

Israel says South Africa has recalled its ambassador amid violence at the Gaza border.

Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon said the ambassador had been recalled for consultations, saying Sisa Ngombane returned home on Monday night.

South Africa's relations with Israel have long been chilly, and the South African government is one fervent supporter of the Palestinian cause.

The diplomatic movement came after 52 Palestinians were killed by Israeli fire along the Gaza border during mass protests led by Hamas's Islamic militant group.

Israel says the extent of violence on the border was "unprecedented" and some Palestinians opened the fire on troops and laid blast

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21:50

Thousands gathered in Istanbul to condemn US decision to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem, burn American and Israeli flags, and protest deadly clashes along the Israeli border. Palestinian border.

Protesters carried banners reading, "Al Quds belongs to the Muslims," ​​the Arabic name of Jerusalem. They chanted "God is great" and slogans calling for holy war and martyrdom. A spokesman called the Americans "dogs" while people shouted, "Jerusalem is ours, it will be ours."

The rally was proclaimed by the pro-Islamic Humanitarian Aid Foundation or the IHH. In 2010, Israeli commandos stormed an aid fleet organized by the IHH into Gaza and killed nine Turks.

Turkey has vehemently criticized the US and Israel for resettling the embassy. In Ankara, Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim suggested that the two countries celebrate the movement while "torturing innocent and defenseless Palestinians". Englisch: www.mjfriendship.de/en/index.php?op…39&Itemid=32 Soldiers shot and killed at least 43 Palestinians during the mass protests on the Gaza border on Monday when they were shot dead against the US decision to relocate their message to Jerusalem. It was the deadliest day since a devastating 2014 war.

In a statement from the Syrian Foreign Ministry, the US government was blamed for the bloodshed and its decision to make the message "criminal and illegitimate." The ministry said the Palestinian people's fight against Israel is "Syria's struggle," adding that Israel also supports "terrorists" operating in Syria.

The statement states that Syria supports the Palestinians in regaining their legitimate rights. above all his right to self-determination, the return of refugees and the founding of an independent state with Jerusalem as its capital.

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20:40

Kuwait is seeking a UN Security Council emergency meeting on violence at the Gaza frontier, where Israeli soldiers shot and killed dozens of Palestinians on Monday in mass protests.

Kuwait's UN mission calls for a meeting on Tuesday 9659065] Palestinian ambassador Riyad Mansour told the council on Monday to condemn the killings. Speaking to reporters, Mansour called the Israeli military reaction a "savage attack" and an "atrocity."

The Gaza Ministry of Health says more than 50 Palestinians were killed on the deadliest day in Gaza since a war with Israel in 2014. Israel says it has the right to defend its border.

The Council held an emergency meeting when the protests started in March. MEPs then called for restraint on both sides, but could not agree on an action or common message.

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20:20

Iran's stubborn paramilitary Revolutionary Guards have condemned Israel's killing of Palestinians in the Gaza Strip

A Guard statement, conducted by the semi-official Fars News Agency, said the Guard was also the one United States strongly condemned to move its message from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The Guard said the "harsh and vicious act … could launch a new wave of fighting America, anger and hatred against the supporters of this vicious movement beyond the region."

Iran is a longtime adversary Israel. Israel says it recently targeted Iranian positions in Syria.

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20:20

Qatar condemns Israel for opening fire and killing Palestinians protesting in the Gaza Strip today.

Ministry spokeswoman Lolwah al-Khater expressed "the condemnation and denunciation of the brutal massacre and systematic killings by the Israeli occupation forces against unarmed Palestinians in the Gaza Strip."

She said that Qatar demands "all international and regional groups have powers that have a voice in Israel to act immediately to stop the brutal killing machine."

Since a war between Israel and Gaza's Hamas rulers Natural gas-rich Qatar a leading player in internationally supported reconstruction efforts in Gaza.

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20:00

Hezbollah in Lebanon says the creation of Israel, as well as the violence against Palestinians protesting today in Gaza, is "a sign of disgrace" for all humanity.

Hassan Nasrallah spoke on Monday. He said the Palestinians and the region face a major challenge, namely that the US intends to propose a new peace plan between Palestinians and Israelis. Nasrallah said the planned plan was aimed at undermining the rights of the Palestinians and urged them not to accept it. He said that only the resistance axis with regard to Iran, Syria and Hezbollah could change the "equation" and maintain the right of the Palestinians to statehood and the right of return.

Nasrallah said Israel and the United States are putting pressure on Iran, with sanctions and withdrawal from the nuclear deal, not only for its use of nuclear energy, but also for its support for the Palestinians and resistance movements.

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19:40

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has been on strike after relocating the US embassy to embattled Jerusalem, declaring that he "will not accept a peace treaty proposed by the Trump government."

Abbas told PLO officials on Monday, "This is not a message, but a US settlement outpost in Jerusalem," referring to Israeli settlements in war-land that were being searched for a Palestinian state.

The Palestinian president also called on the international community to condemn what he called the "Massac" Res ", carried out by Israeli troops, killing 52 Palestinians on Monday and injuring more than 1,200 by shooting the Israeli army at Gaza. Border protests

The US government's high death toll and the US government's condemnation of the US embassy cast new doubts on the Trump government's claim It can still mediate a Middle East peace treaty.

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Israeli military say there have been no border violations during demonstrations on Monday in Gaza, despite "unprecedented" violence.

Army says it used air strikes and tank-fire against Hamas targets in Gaza after squads of gunmen opened fire and tried to plant bombs along the border.

"We saw more than five explosive devices. We've seen shots of troops, "said Brig. General Ronen Manelis, the army's main spokesman. [Lt.65] Colonel Jonathan Conricus, another army spokesman, said hundreds of protesters had conducted" concerted, coordinated "attacks on the border fence. to infiltrate.

Palestinian health officials say 52 people have been killed by Israeli fire – the deadliest day of violence since a 2014 war.

The military accuse Hamas of using the protests as cover for conducting attacks

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19:30

The Palestinian Chief Negotiator accuses the Trump Government of "Burial" The message of peace in the Middle East by moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem.

Saeb Erekat called the new embassy an illegal "settlement outpost."

Palestinians claim East Jerusalem as Israel's annexed capital and bitterly reject Jerusalem's recognition

Although President Donald Trump says the opening of the new embassy on Monday does not anticipate the city's final borders, the move became Receiving Israel

"We also witnessed today a ceremony by Israeli Prime Minister and President Trump's government that buried the peace process, buried the two-state solution, and killed hope in the minds of people in the Middle East Possibility of peace, "said Erekat.

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19:15

The UN Human Rights chief says on Twitter that "Israeli fire in #Gaza must now stop", demanding respect for people

Zeid Ra'ad al-Hussein criticized the "shocking killing of dozens" and the wounding of hundreds of Israeli forces in the Palestinian territories amid a crackdown on protests against the inauguration of the US Embassy in Jerusalem on Monday. 196591] Zeid, a Jordanian prince who leaves his post after a single term in August, said the international community must ensure justice for the victims.

He added on Monday to the UN Human Rights Office Twitter that the perpetrators "outrageous human rights abuses" must be held accountable.

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19:10

The Gaza Strip's Ministry of Health says the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli army casualties has risen to 52 and since then the deadliest day in Gaza is a war against Israel in 2014. [19659108] 1,204 Palestinians were shot and wounded on Monday in mass protests near the Gaza border fence with Israel. The ministry says that this includes 116 people who were in serious or critical condition.

The statement says that about 1,200 other types of injuries have suffered, including tear gas.

The ever-increasing death toll was supposed to fuel international criticism of military policy against unarmed demonstrators. Human rights groups have said that the rules are illegal.

Israel says it defends a sovereign frontier and accuses Gaza's Hamas rulers of carrying out attacks under the guise of protests

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18:20

] The largest group of Muslim majority populations in the world says that she "resolutely rejects and condemns" the "deplorable White House action" to transfer the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The 57-nation Organization for Islamic Cooperation said it regards the US as an "illegal decision" and "an attack on the historical, legal, natural, and national rights of the Palestinian people." The organization said the move was also "an affront to international peace and security." [19659124] The OIC said the US government has "uttered contempt and disrespect for legitimate Palestinian rights and international law" and show disrespect for the feelings of Muslims who see Jerusalem as valuable. The statement is that on Monday at least 41 Palestinians, including five minors, were killed by Israeli forces.

More than 770 Palestinians injured in Gaza Strip protests

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17:45

A senior Turkish official condemned Israel for deadly clashes along the Israeli-Gaza border while the State Department hexed the US has decided to relocate its message to Jerusalem

On Twitter, the spokesman for the Turkish president said on Monday that at least 41 Palestinians were killing "another dark place, another crime on Israel's defensive wall."

Ibrahim Kalin criticized the international community for its silence "in the face of this systematic barbarism". He tweeted: "Palestine is not alone, Jerusalem is not alone."

The Turkish Foreign Ministry issued a statement condemning the US decision to send its message to Jerusalem for violating international law and damaging the peace process. Israel also condemned Israel: "We curse the massacre of Israeli security forces, which was encouraged by this move to involve the Palestinians in peaceful demonstrations."

Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu called Israel's action "state terror".

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17:40

Egypt has condemned the killing of dozens of Palestinian demonstrators by Israeli fire near the border with Gaza.

On Monday, the State Department condemned the use of force against peaceful demonstrations.

It also warned against the "negative impact of such a severe escalation in the Palestinian Occupied Territories".

The statement did not mention today's relocation of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Gaza's health According to the ministry, the number of Palestinians killed in mass protests near the Gaza border by Israeli fire has reached 41, the deadliest day since a war with Israel in 2014 [1 9659140] The violence was the deadliest day in Gaza since the devastating border war between the Hamas rulers of the territory and Israel four years ago

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17:30

The foreign policy chief of the European Union is calling on Israel to end the war Respect for "proportionality principle in the use of force" after Israeli soldiers shot and shot at least 41 Palestinians in mass protests along the Gaza border

Federica Mogherini said Monday that "everyone should act with extreme restraint for further loss to avoid human lives, "adding that" Israel has the right to peaceful protest must respect ".

At the same time, she insisted that Hamas must ensure that the demonstrators in Gaza were peaceful and "could not exploit them for other purposes

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5:25 pm

The Pan-Arab news channel Al-Jazeera One of his reporters was injured while reporting on demonstrations in Gaza.

Al-Jazeera from Qatar reported Moon In the afternoon, journalist Wael Dhadouh was "injured by live ammunition from Israeli forces."

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17:20

Israel's Prime Minister says Jerusalem will always be the "eternal, undivided" capital of Israel.

On the occasion of the opening ceremony of the new Benjamin Netanyahu called this a "glorious" day.

Netanyahu thanked President Donald Trump for doing so He's "brave enough" to hold a key campaign pledge and says relations with the US have never been stronger. "

He says that peace in the Middle East must be based on what he calls "truth"

"The truth is that Jerusalem was and remains the capital of the Jewish people, the capital of the Jewish state."

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17:15

The Israeli military says it has carried out five air strikes in Gaza after militants exchanged fires with soldiers.

Brig. General Ronen Manelis said that the military has met training camps of the militant Islamic group Hamas that rule Gaza and carry protests along the border with Israel.

He said troops had exchanged fires with militants on three separate occasions.

Manelis said it was about 40,000 on Monday afternoon. He said the army considered this number "Hamas failure".

He said the army has noticed that more women are on the front lines of the protests than at previous rallies and accused Hamas of protesting the people.

At least 41 Palestinians were killed Monday by fire from the Israeli army, making it the bloodiest day since a war with Israel in 2014.

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17:10

Jared Kushner says that Palestinians participating in Gaza border protests are "part of the problem and not part of the solution." [19651970] Kushner, President Donald Trump's son-in-law and chief of the Middle East adviser, expressed his hope for peace in the Middle East when he did On Monday, he addressed the opening ceremony for the new US Embassy in Jerusalem.

As he spoke, protests continued against Gaza's border with Israel. With over 40 dead, it was the deadliest round of cross-border violence since a war in 2014, leaving Kushner's peace efforts in ruins.

"As we saw from last month's protests and today, these provocative acts of violence are part of the problem and not part of the solution," he said.

He says the "journey to peace began with a strong America recognizing the truth."

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5 pm

Hundreds of Arab citizens of Israel, including five members of parliament, protest in the Proximity of New US Embassy Location in Contested Jerusalem

The protest coincided with the inauguration of the Embassy on Monday afternoon, attended by a high-level Trump delegation

Dozens of police blocked the road near the site and prevented it that the demonstrators came closer.

The protesters raised Palestinian flags and held signs saying "No, to move the US embassy to Jerusalem." The message was moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem after President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in December. The decision angered the Palestinians who sought East Jerusalem as their future capital.

In Gaza, at least 41 Palestinians were killed on Monday in a mass protest against the embassy's removal by Israeli fire

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16:50

President Donald Trump says the US remains "fully committed," a Middle East Peace agreement as it opens its controversial new embassy in Jerusalem.

In a video recording for the opening ceremony, Trump said on Monday that the new embassy had "The transfer of the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem was one of Trump's most important election promises, which was welcomed by Israel."

But this move has infuriated the Palestinians, who claimed East Jerusalem as their capital and said that the move disqualified the US as Middle East mediator

Trump said his "greatest hope" was peace. He said the United States "remains determined to facilitate a lasting peace agreement."

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16:30 [19651990] Lebanese Prime Minister Saad Hariri calls the US decision to relocate his message to Jerusalem a "provocative" act that shuts the doors to all attempts at peace between Israel and the Palestinians to reach.

Hariri said in a series of tweets on Monday he regrets "this decision that ignites the wrath of millions of Arabs, Muslims and Christians" Lebanon denounces the "provocative" decision that exacerbates the conflict and "Israelis allows more blood to be spilled from innocent Palestinians and increase the intensity of extremism that threatens the world community. "

The message comes on the day of Israeli creation 70 years ago, a day the Arabs call the "nakba" or catastrophe, in relation to the expulsion of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians who have fled or are being expelled from what is now Israel , Lebanon was one of the Arab countries that welcomed many of the Palestinian refugees. Today, more than 170,000 Palestinian refugees live in Lebanon.

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16:25 [19651995] The Iranian foreign minister called today's opening of the US Embassy in Jerusalem as "a day of great shame" [19659-196MohammadJavadZarifhatamMontagaufTwittergeschrieben"DasisraelischeRegimemassakriertunzähligePalästinenserkaltblütigwährendsieimgrößtenFreiluftgefängnisderWeltprotestierenUnterdessenfeiertTrumpdenUmzugderillegalenUS-BotschaftundseinearabischenKollaborateureziehenumumdieAufmerksamkeitabzulenken"

Zarif referred probably in Arab-Arab countries that have not yet commented on Israeli fire-brigades to at least 37 Palestinians during the mass protests The border with the Gaza Strip was described by officials as the opening of the embassy.

Zarif wrote the tweet as he traveled abroad to hold other world powers in nuclear dispute with Iran after Trump decided last week to bring America out of the 2015 agreement] ___

16:20

American and Israeli delegations have begun a solemn ceremony to open the new US Embassy in Jerusalem.

US Ambassador David Friedman greeted the crowd. "Today we are opening the United States Embassy in Jerusalem, Israel," he said to a warm applause.

Jared Kushner and his wife Ivanka Trump, both top advisers to President Donald Trump, head a high-level American delegation, which includes finance ministers and four Republican senators

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is also in the audience

The ceremony took place when Palestinians held a mass protest on the Gaza border with Israel. About 37 people were killed on Monday, the deadliest day of cross-border violence since a war in 2014.

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16:15

The head of the United Nations says he is concerned about the upcoming news from Gaza "with the high number of those killed"

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres expressed concern on Monday in Vienna, when clashes took place on the Israeli-Palestinian border and high-ranking helpers of US President Donald Trump opened the new US embassy in Jerusalem celebrated.

Guterres said: "I am particularly worried about the news from Gaza with the high number of deaths."

Relocation of Tel Aviv Embassy has angered Palestinians seeking East Jerusalem as future capital The Gaza Ministry of Health announced Monday afternoon that the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli fire had risen to 37.

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16:00

Pastor Robert Jeffress sagt "es ist traurig", dass der ehemalige Präsidentschaftskandidat Mitt Romney schlug Im Vorfeld der Einweihung der US-Botschaft in Jerusalem

sagte Jeffress: "Ich finde es traurig, dass Mitt das Gefühl hat, an einem solchen historischen Tag wütend zu sein, aber es geht nicht Ich möchte damit überschatten, was hier passiert. "

Bevor Jefferson bei der Eröffnungszeremonie am Montag den Segen überbrachte, sagte er, die ihm zugeschriebenen Dinge seien aus dem Zusammenhang gerissen worden.

Mitt Romney hatte zuvor Jeffress als "religiösen Frömmler" angeprangert.

Jeffress, Leiter einer Baptistengemeinde in Dallas und geistlicher Berater von Präsident Donald Trump, hat Kritik dafür geübt, dass er den Islam und den Mormonismus "eine Häresie aus der Hölle" nannte Juden können "nicht gerettet werden"

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15:45

Inmitten von tödlichen Zusammenstößen entlang der israelisch-palästinensischen Grenze feiern hochrangige Berater von Präsident Donald Trump in Jerusalem die Eröffnung der neuen USA Botschaft

Die Verlegung der Botschaft aus Tel Aviv hat die Palästinenser in Rage gebracht, die Ost-Jerusalem als zukünftige Hauptstadt suchen

Wie das Gaza-Gesundheitsministerium mitteilte, hätten die Todesopfer von Palästinensern durch israelisches Feuer getötet werden müssen Der Finanzminister Steven Mnuchin sagte gegenüber Fox News, der Montag sei ein "unglaublicher, bedeutsamer Tag" und sagte, es sei "eine große Ehre", die Einweihungszeremonie für Trump zu leiten.

Mnuchin sagte auch: "Es ist nicht zufällig" Die Eröffnung der neuen Botschaft fiel zusammen mit Trumps Ankündigung, dass er plante, sich vom iranischen Atomprogramm zurückzuziehen. [1965922] Mnuchin hat wiederholt von Jerusalem gesagt: "Dies ist die Hauptstadt Israels."

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3:40

Das Gesundheitsministerium von Gaza sagt, die Zahl der Palästinenser, die bei Massenprotesten nahe der Gaza-Grenze durch israelische Armee getötet wurden, ist 37 Jahre alt und damit der tödlichste Tag seit einem Krieg mit Israel im Jahr 2014.

Das Ministerium sagt mindestens 448 Palästinenser wurden am Montag erschossen und verwundet, während Hunderte weitere Verletzungen erlitten, darunter auch Tränengas.

Die Gewalt war der tödlichste Tag in Gaza seit dem verheerenden Grenzkrieg zwischen Ha Die Zahl der Palästinenser, die von israelischen Soldaten getötet wurden, die auf der anderen Seite des Grenzzauns erschossen wurden, seit die Massenproteste gegen Ende März begannen, brachte die Mas-Herrscher und Israel vor vier Jahren zusammen und trübte die Eröffnung der US-Botschaft in Jerusalem. Mehr als 2.200 Bewohner des Gazastreifens wurden in dieser Zeit durch israelisches Feuer verwundet.

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15:15

Mehrere Dutzend palästinensische Steinwerfer stoßen mit israelischen Truppen am Stadtrand von Jerusalem aneinander.

Zeugen sagen, dass in einem Gebiet nördlich von Jerusalem Soldaten mit Kugeln, Tränengas und gummibeschichteten Stahlpellets schießen. Ein zweiter Zusammenstoß wurde zwischen Jerusalem und Bethlehem gemeldet. Es gab keine unmittelbaren Berichte über Verletzungen.

Am frühen Montag versammelten sich mehrere Tausend Menschen in der Stadt Ramallah im Westjordanland, um gegen die Einweihung einer neuen US-Botschaft in Jerusalem zu protestieren. [19651938] Die Palästinenser suchen Ost-Jerusalem als Hauptstadt und Die Anerkennung der Stadt als Hauptstadt Israels durch die Trump-Regierung als eine Demonstration pro-israelischer Vorurteile.

Palästinenser begehen auch den 70. Jahrestag der "Nakba", einer Katastrophe, bei der Hunderttausende vertrieben oder im Nahen Osten geflohen sind war over Israel's 1948 creation.

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3:10 pm

European foreign ministers say the US decision to move the American embassy to Jerusalem is unwise and likely to exacerbate tensions.

Irish Foreign Minister Simon Coveney said Monday that the move “is inflaming already a very tense situation, and the relationship between Israelis and Palestinians.”

His Dutch counterpart, Stef Blok, said “we don't consider it a wise decision to move the embassy.”

Their comments come after the Czech Republic, Hungary and Romania blocked the full 28-nation European Union from publishing a statement about the U.S. move.

The U.S. is to formally inaugurate the embassy later Monday.

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3:05 p.m.

Gaza’s Health Ministry says the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli army fire near the Gaza border has reached 25.

This makes Monday the deadliest day in Gaza since the devastating cross-border war between the territory’s Hamas rulers and Israel in 2014.

The deaths brought to 67 the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli soldiers firing from across the border fence since mass border protests began in late March. More than 2,000 Gaza residents have been wounded in that time by Israeli fire.

The Hamas-led marches, fueled by growing despair in Gaza, are aimed at breaking a decade-long blockade of the territory by Israel and Egypt.

Monday’s march also protests the inauguration of a U.S. Embassy in contested Jerusalem later in the day.

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3 p.m.

A senior figure in Gaza’s ruling Hamas group says mass border protests against Israel will continue until Palestinians have achieved their rights.

Ismail Radwan spoke as thousands rallied near the border fence Monday in the largest protest since his Islamic militant group launched a campaign in late March to break the decade-old blockade of the territory.

By mid-day Monday, 18 Palestinians had been killed and close to 500 wounded by Israeli soldiers firing from across the border fence. Israel has said it will block a possible breach of the border at any cost.

Despite the rising death toll, Hamas was doubling down. Radwan says “we will continue on this path until the rights of the Palestinian people are achieved.”

Since March, 60 Palestinians have been killed in the unrest along the border.

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2:45 p.m.

The Israeli military says troops shot and killed three Palestinians who were trying to place an explosive device by the border fence in Gaza during mass protests.

The shooting in the southern Gaza town of Rafah came as thousands of Palestinians protested at the border against the relocation of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem and against a decade-long blockade of Hamas-ruled Gaza by Israel and Egypt.

The Palestinian Health Ministry in Gaza says at least 18 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli fire.

In a separate incident, the army says an Israeli aircraft bombed a Hamas military post in the northern Gaza Strip after Israeli troops came under fire. No Israeli casualties were reported.

The Israeli military says over 35,000 protesters are taking part in demonstrations at 12 points along the Gaza border.

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2:40 p.m.

Gaza’s Health Ministry says the number of Palestinian protesters killed by Israeli army fire near the Gaza border has risen to 18.

Monday’s deaths bring to 60 the number of protesters killed since mass border protests against a decade-old blockade of the Hamas-ruled territory began in late March.

The rising death toll is bound to overshadow the festive inauguration of a U.S. Embassy in contested Jerusalem later Monday. Palestinians say the embassy opening is a show of blatant pro-Israel bias by the Trump administration.

Monday’s bloodshed will likely revive international criticism of open-fire rules that allow soldiers to use lethal force against unarmed protesters.

Israel says it has the right to defend its border and that it will block a border breach at any cost.

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2:30 p.m.

The Arab League and the top Sunni Muslim religious authority have criticized the relocation of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to contested Jerusalem.

The Cairo-based Arab League called on the international community to oppose what it considers an “unjust decision” and the ongoing “Israeli occupation” of the city.

It called the move a “blatant attack on the feelings of Arabs and Muslims,” and a “grave violation of the rules of international law” that would destabilize the region.

The Palestinians, who claim east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state, have called for an urgent meeting at the Arab League on Wednesday to discuss the matter.

Egypt’s Al-Azhar religious institution called on the international community to use “all peaceful means” to “dismiss positions of countries that sided with the Zionist entity,” referring to Israel.

The U.S. is to formally inaugurate the embassy in Jerusalem later on Monday. The Palestinians are holding mass protests along the Gaza border to condemn the move, and to try to break a decade-old blockade of the Hamas-ruled territory by Israel and Egypt.

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2:20 p.m.

A top Russian diplomat has criticized U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to move the U.S Embassy to Jerusalem, saying it will further fuel tensions between Israel and the Palestinians.

The U.S. Embassy is due to officially relocate to Jerusalem on Monday, after Trump recognized it as the capital of Israel in December.

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov on Monday described the relocation of the embassy as “short-sighted.”

Bogdanov said in an interview with the Interfax news agency that the decision “runs against the stance of most of the international community.” He blamed the U.S. for “a sharp escalation around Gaza” and said the relocation of the U.S. embassy “could spark large-scale confrontations between Palestinians and the Israelis and cause a rising number of casualties.”

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2:05 p.m.

Gaza’s Health Ministry says the number of Palestinian protesters killed by Israeli army fire near the Gaza border has risen to 16.

Monday’s deaths bring to 58 the number of protesters killed since mass border protests against a decade-old blockade of the Hamas-ruled territory began in late March.

Israel has said it will prevent a border breach at any cost. A growing casualty toll Monday was bound to revive international criticism of open-fire rules under which soldiers are permitted to shoot anyone approaching the border fence.

Rights groups have said such rules are unlawful. Israel says it has the right to defend its border.

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1:40 p.m.

Lebanon’s militant Hezbollah group says the U.S. decision to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem is a unilateral step “that Palestinians will not accept and therefore it is worthless.”

The group’s deputy leader, Sheikh Naim Kassem, made his comments in a speech in Beirut on Monday marking the 70th anniversary of what Arabs refer to as the “nakba” or catastrophe, when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were expelled from what is now Israel during the 1948 war around Israel’s creation.

Kassem added that “God willing, the nakba that happened 70 years ago will be a motive for change and liberation.”

The U.S. is to formally inaugurate the embassy in Jerusalem later on Monday. The Palestinians are holding mass protests along the Gaza border to condemn the move, and to try to break a decade-old blockade of the Hamas-ruled territory by Israel and Egypt.

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1:30 p.m.

Gaza’s Health Ministry says the number of Palestinian protesters killed by Israeli army fire near the Gaza border has risen to seven.

Monday’s deaths bring to 49 the number of Palestinians killed during mass border marches that began in late March and are aimed at breaking a decade-old blockade of the territory.

The ministry says 500 people were wounded Monday, including at least 69 by live fire.

Israel has said it would prevent a potential breach of the Gaza border at all costs. It has drawn international criticism for what rights groups say are unlawful open-fire rules. Israel says it has the right to defend its border.

Monday’s protests also targeted the opening of the U.S. Embassy in contested Jerusalem later in the day.

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12:45 p.m.

Texas Senator Ted Cruz says President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital will go down in history as a moment akin to President Harry Truman recognizing Israel when it was established in 1948.

Trump’s former Republican presidential rival says Monday that it was “the right decision” and had already inspired Guatemala, Paraguay and perhaps others to follow suit. Cruz is in Israel as part of a congressional delegation for the embassy’s dedication in Jerusalem.

Previous U.S. presidents of both parties, as well as nearly every other country, refrained from opening embassies in Jerusalem, arguing that the city’s final status should first be resolved through Israeli-Palestinian negotiations.

Trump has been lauded by Israelis and condemned by Palestinians for moving the embassy to the contested city. The Palestinians claim east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state.

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12:30 p.m.

Gaza’s Health Ministry says one Palestinian has been killed and 69 have been wounded by Israeli army fire in mass protests on the Gaza-Israel border.

The ministry said Monday that nine of the wounded are in serious condition. It says the man who was killed was 21 years old and was shot near the southeastern town of Khan Younis. It says several dozen other protesters were overcome by tear gas.

Thousands of Palestinians are protesting near Gaza’s border with Israel, and the territory’s Hamas leaders have suggested a border breach is possible. Israel has warned it would block such a breach at any cost.

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12:20 p.m.

The Israeli military says it has set up several layers of security around the Gaza border in case of a massive breach by Palestinian protesters.

Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus says forces have been “massively reinforced” along the front lines of the border. But he says additional layers of forces have been stationed inside Israeli communities, and between communities, to defend Israeli civilians in case of a breach.

Conricus said Monday that “even if the fence is breached, we will be able to protect Israeli civilians from attempts to massacre or kidnap or kill them.”

The Hamas organizers of the Palestinian protests have signaled that thousands of people may try to break through the fence.

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12:15 p.m.

Israel’s justice minister is calling President Donald Trump the “Churchill of the 21st Century” for relocating the American embassy to Jerusalem.

Ayelet Shaked says Monday that with his move Trump has “reversed Chamberlain’s policy of capitulation” and shown the world that “the landowner has returned.”

Previous U.S. presidents of both parties, as well as nearly every other country, refrained from opening embassies in Jerusalem, arguing that the city’s fina l status should first be resolved through Israeli-Palestinian negotiations. Shaked appeared to be comparing that policy to British Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement of the Nazis prior to World War II, suggesting Trump was like his successor, Winston Churchill, who led the war effort.

Shaked, from the pro-settler Jewish Home party, bashed Europe for not learning from history. She says it “closed its eyes to the strengthening of the Nazis, today it is choosing to close its eyes to the strengthening of Iran.”

Trump has been lauded by Israelis and condemned by Palestinians for moving the embassy to the contested city. The Palestinians seek its eastern sector as their future capital and say the move removes the U.S. as an impartial arbiter.

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11:15 a.m.

Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin says it’s a U.S. “national security priority” to relocate the Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Mnuchin was speaking Monday at an event in Jerusalem ahead of the opening ceremony for the new U.S. Embassy.

Trump’s decision in December to go forward with a campaign promise to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to contested Jerusalem was welcomed by Israel and condemned by the Palestinians. Previous presidents had signed a waiver postponing the move, citing national security.

Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed it in a move not recognized by the international community. The Palestinians seek the city’s eastern half as capital of a future state and say the move shows the U.S. is not an impartial peace negotiator.

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11 a.m.

Israeli troops firing from across a border fence have shot and wounded two Palestinians as a protest near the Gaza border gets underway.

Gaza residents streamed to the border area Monday for what is intended to be the largest protest yet against a decade-old blockade of the territory. Israel’s military says it will stop a possible border breach at all costs, warning protesters that they are endangering their lives.

Near Gaza City, hundreds gathered about 150 meters (yards) from the fence. A reporter witnessed two people being shot in the legs.

Protester Mohammed Hamami, 40, says the march is a “message to Israel and its allies that we will never give up on our land.” Most Gaza residents are descendants of refugees from the Mideast war over Israel’s 1948 creation.

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10:50 a.m.

Turkey’s president has once again condemned the U.S. decision to move its Israel embassy to Jerusalem.

In a statement published late Sunday, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said the U.S. disregarded “rights and justice,” ignoring the international community. The new embassy is to be officially inaugurated on Monday.

Erdogan says the move serves to “reward” the Israeli government despite it undermining efforts to resolve the decades-long conflict, while it “punished” Palestinians. Erdogan says: “History and humanity will never forgive the injustices done to our Palestinian brothers.”

Erdogan has been vehemently critical of the U.S. decision and hosted an extraordinary summit of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation in December to condemn the move.

The Turkish president called on Israel to act “responsibly and with moderation” during possible protests on Monday to ensure no one’s killed.

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10:40 a.m.

Two prominent newspapers in the United Arab Emirates are criticizing America’s decision to move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The English-language, government-aligned Gulf News called Monday “a sad day” in a front-page headline over a cartoon by the slain Palestinian cartoonist Naji al-Ali of a crying Palestinian woman behind barbed wire. Al-Ali, a critic of both Israeli and Arab governments, was fatally shot in London in 1987.

In an editorial, the Dubai-based Gulf News said: “This is a day when the United States and the administration of President Donald Trump should hang its head in shame.” It called Trump’s decision “a purely political move to appease his friends on the Manhattan party circuit” and said “Jerusalem’s status is non-negotiable.”

The Gulf News regularly datelines news reports as being from “Occupied Jerusalem.”

In The National, an English-language, government-aligned newspaper in Abu Dhabi, editor-in-chief Mina al-Oraibi wrote: “Rather than ignoring history and historic rights, courage and immediate intervention is needed to save the heart of the Arab world.’”

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10:30 a.m.

The speaker of Iran’s parliament is reportedly warning that moving the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem will inflame tensions in the Middle East .

Iran’s semi-official ISNA news agency on Monday quoted Ali Larijani as saying: “Definitely their measures on moving their embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and Iran’s nuclear issue will not go unchallenged. These sorts of actions will increase tension in the region and the world.”

Larijani urged Muslim countries to take more serious measures in response to President Donald Trump’s “wrong and unwise decision” to move the embassy to Jerusalem. The city’s future status is one of the most divisive issues in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Larijani’s comments come nearly a week after Trump pulled America out of the nuclear deal Iran struck with world powers in 2015.

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10:20 a.m.

Witnesses say Israeli drones have dropped incendiary materials, setting ablaze tires that had been collected for use in a planned Gaza border protest.

They say the drones set tires ablaze in two locations early Monday, releasing large clouds of black smoke.

In weekly protests since March, Gaza activists have been using the thick smoke from burning tires as a cover against Israeli snipers on the other side of the fence.

On Monday, the largest turnout yet is expected in a campaign, led by Gaza’s Hamas rulers, to break the decade-old blockade of the territory.

Mosques called on people to head for the border. A general strike was observed, with closed shops and markets. Buses deployed outside mosques to pick up protesters.

Israel’s military says it will stop any border breach.

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9:50 a.m.

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney has denounced the choice of a “religious bigot” to deliver the blessing at the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem.

Pastor Robert Jeffress, leader of a Dallas-area Baptist church and a spiritual adviser to President Donald Trump, is slated to deliver a blessing on Monday at the opening of the relocated embassy.

Jeffress has drawn criticism for calling Islam and Mormonism “a heresy from the pit of hell” and saying Jews “can’t be saved.”

Romney writes on Twitter that “Such a religious bigot should not be giving the prayer that opens the United States Embassy in Jerusalem.”

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9:15 a.m.

A senior aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has sharply criticized President Donald Trump over his decision to open a U.S. Embassy in contested Jerusalem, saying the American administration is “based on lies.”

Saeb Erekat told the Voice of Palestine radio Monday that Trump violated a promise to hold off on moving the embassy to give peace talks a chance. Erekat says Washington “is no longer a partner.”

In December, Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, infuriating Palestinians who seek the Israeli-annexed eastern sector as a capital. The U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem opens Monday.

Erekat says the Trump administration has “become part of the problem.” He suggested Trump’s Mideast team is unqualified, saying “the world needs real leaders, and those (White House officials) are real estate dealers, not leaders.”

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9:05 a.m.

Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary has expressed concern that the relocation of the U.S. Embassy in Israel could escalate tensions in the Middle East.

Yoshihide Suga said Monday that “Japan is concerned that the move could make peace process in the Middle East even more difficult or escalate tension in all of the Middle East.” He says Japan will watch the development with great interest.

Suga stopped short of criticizing the U.S., and said that Japan takes note of Washington’s pledge that the issue of Jerusalem’s status should be resolved between the concerned parties.

He stressed that Japan’s position is that the disput es and Jerusalem’s status should be resolved via negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians. Suga added that Japan hopes to contribute in its own way to the region’s peace by promoting trust and dialogue between the two parties through various projects.

The relocation of the embassy from Tel Aviv to contested Jerusalem has been welcomed by Israel but condemned by the Palestinians, who want their capital to be in east Jerusalem and view the decision as a blatantly one-sided move on one of the thorniest disputes in the conflict.

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9 a.m.

President Donald Trump’s Mideast peace negotiator says moving the American embassy to Jerusalem is a “necessary condition” to a lasting peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians.

American officials are in Jerusalem for Monday’s relocation of the embassy from Tel Aviv to the contested city, a move the Israeli government has embraced but the Palestinians have condemned.

Jason Greenblatt writes on Twitter that “the long-overdue step of moving our Embassy is not a departure fro m our strong commitment to facilitate a lasting peace deal.”

Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed it in a move not recognized internationally. The Palestinians want East Jerusalem as the capital of their future state. They view the relocation as a blatant, one-sided move that invalidates America’s role as an impartial peace broker.

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8:30 a.m.

Israel has warned Gaza residents they will be risking their lives if they approach the border during a planned mass protest.

The army says in the leaflets dropped by jets Monday that it will “act against every attempt to damage the security fence or harm IDF soldiers or Israeli civilians.”

Gaza’s ruling Hamas says it expects tens of thousands to join Monday’s march, suggesting a possible border breach. The march is part of a campaign against the decades-long border blockade in Gaza. It’s also a protest against the inauguration Monday of a U.S. Embassy in contested Jerusalem.

Since March, 42 Palestinian protesters have been killed and more than 1,800 wounded by Israeli army fire.

With Israel and Hamas digging in, there has been concern about large numbers of casualties Monday.

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