Associated Press

Gaza confrontation spurs international criticism

International | The heightened clashes further dim hopes of peace between Israel and Palestine
by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/15/18, 05:59 pm

Israel is receiving international backlash this week after Israeli Defense Forces on Monday opened fire across a border fence on Palestinian protesters, killing at least 59 and wounding thousands more. The deadly protests, which have been happening along the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip since late March, were fueled in part this week by the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. The Israeli military accused protesters of trying to cross the border and said some hurled explosives at Israeli troops. 

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Associated Press/Photo by Dusan Vranic

Palestinians gather to bury their dead

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/15/18, 10:07 am

Thousands of mourners crowded the streets of Gaza City Tuesday to continue burying some of the 59 Palestinian protesters who died in border clashes with Israeli Defense Forces the previous day. Monday’s violent protests came as the United States officially moved its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The Gaza Health Ministry reported that more than 2,700 people sustained injuries Monday. The border protests began on March 30 in opposition to a decade-old blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt on the Palestinian territory, but Monday’s clashes were the deadliest.

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Associated Press/Photo by Sebastian Scheiner

U.S., Israel celebrate embassy move amid deadly protests in Gaza

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/14/18, 11:16 am

The United States celebrated the opening of its new embassy in Jerusalem with a ceremony attended by Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, and four U.S. senators. Israel has long claimed Jerusalem as its indivisible capital, while Palestine has argued East Jerusalem will serve as its future capital.

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