Palestinian killed during protests at Gaza-Israel border

Palestinian killed during protests at Gaza-Israel border

Demonstrations end on May 15 - or Nakba Day - which marks the displacement of hundreds of thousands of Palestinians in the conflict surrounding the creation of Israel in 1948. Jordanian, Palestinian, and green Muslim Brotherhood flags flew over the crowd of some 7,000.

With about a week to go before the inauguration of the embassy, which will include a ceremony attended by about 1,000 guests, including a delegation of 250 from the United States, it still is not known if President Donald Trump will attend. "This is nothing more, or less than a recognition of reality".

For six weeks they've held these demonstrations, charging at the fence that cuts the Palestinians of Gaza off from the outside world because of a more-than-10-year blockade which has exacerbated their poverty.

It was the seventh weekly protest, and a preview of what is expected to be a much larger border rally on Monday and Tuesday.

The Trump government supports the right of Palestinians and others in the region to "peacefully" protest the Jerusalem embassy opening, the second administration official said Friday.

Rights groups have accused Israel of deliberately killing and maiming unarmed Gaza protesters.

Israel maintains that Palestinians left Israel of their own accord or for their own safety, but some Israeli historians admit a "handful" of expulsions had occurred.

The 1949 Armistice Line, aka Green Line, has largely set the worldwide parameters for the borders between Israel and the Palestinians.

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The Elders, a group of former high-ranking global leaders that includes former U.N. General Secretary Kofi Annan, former U.S. President Jimmy Carter, and Nobel Peace Laureate Desmond Tutu, released a statement on Thursday demanding Israel respect worldwide law and stop further Gaza protest killings.

The Israeli Defence Force said 5,000 Palestinians had participated in a violent "riot", burning tyres, throwing rocks Israeli soldiers and launching flaming kites into Israeli territory.

There have been several attempts by rioters to breach the border fence as well as cause damage with arson attempts.

The IDF commented on the incident, saying that it would not tolerate the destruction of security infrastructure along the security fence and would "continue to protect the security of Israeli citizens and Israel's sovereignty".

Israel says Hamas uses the marches as cover for terrorist attacks.

Until this day, Palestinian refugees remain scattered across Jordan, Lebanon, Syria and other countries, while many have settled in refugee camps in the Palestinian West Bank and Gaza Strip.

The State Department has not taken a clear position on the contested land in the embassy compound, but recognizes that Israel and Jordan had informally divided it and that it has been in continuous Israeli use since 1949.

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