Palestinian anger erupted as American and Israeli officials prepared to celebrate President Trump’s move of the embassy to Jerusalem.
Protests were headed by leaders of the Palestinian Authority, the Palestine Liberation Organization and the Fatah movement, including Jibril Rajoub, general secretary of Fatah, and Mr. Saidam, the education minister. A mass attempt by Palestinians to cross the border fence separating Israel from Gaza quickly turned violent in opposition to the U.S. embassy move. Tens of thousands of Palestinians took part at protests. Israeli soldiers and snipers were using barrages of tear gas and live gunfire. By 4:30 p.m., 41 Palestinians, including several teenagers, were dead and at least 1,700 were injured in Gaza, the Health Ministry said, making Monday the bloodiest single day since a campaign of demonstrations along the border fence.
Protest in Gaza
Some protesters used explosives. Emergency workers with stretchers carried off a stream of injured protesters, many with leg wounds but some having been shot in the abdomen. Several speakers reserved their harshest words for the United States and its decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem. “It’s a manifestation of the power of America and President Trump in upsetting the Palestinian people and the people who have been awaiting the independence of Palestine for 70 years,” said Sabri Saidam, the Palestinian minister of education.