Israelis kill dozens of Palestinians in Gaza protesting U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem

Israelis kill dozens of Palestinians in Gaza protesting U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem

A Palestinian man uses a slingshot. (Said Khatib)

Palestinians are actively but peacefully resisting the ongoing occupation and blockade of Gaza, and the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem; meanwhile Israeli military are killing them by the dozens. 

Loveday Morris and Hazem Balousha, Washington Post

 Israeli soldiers on Monday killed at least 41 Palestinians demonstrating along the border fence between Israel and the Gaza Strip and wounded more than 1,600 in the bloodiest day in the enclave since the 2014 war with Israel, according to the Gaza Health Ministry.

Thousands of Palestinians gathered on the edges of Gaza as the U.S. Embassy opened in Jerusalem, fanning out along the fence in what appeared to be some of the largest demonstrations yet.

At a gathering point east of Gaza City, organizers urged demonstrators to burst through the fence, telling them Israeli soldiers were fleeing their positions, even as they were reinforcing them.

At the barrier, young men threw stones and tried to launch kites carrying flames in hopes of burning crops on the other side. Most of the demonstrators, though, were peaceful, protesting the loss of their homes and villages and the embassy move.

Occasional sporadic gunfire could be heard over the noise of the crowd, and a constant stream of ambulances roared back and forth from the fence, ferrying away the wounded.

An elderly Palestinian man falls on the ground after being shot by Israeli troops during a deadly protest at the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, Gaza Strip (Khalil Hamra)