Israel shuts down Gaza border crossing damaged by Palestinian protesters

Israel shuts down Gaza border crossing damaged by Palestinian protesters

Israel shuts down Gaza border crossing damaged by Palestinian protesters

Friday's death brings to 41 the number of protesters killed since weekly border protests began in late March.

Pro-Israel protesters with Israeli flags held a counter-protest near the Israeli embassy, located in South Kensington.

The Palestinian Foreign Affairs Ministry slammed on Saturday the positions of three European Union (EU) members that blocked an EU condemnation of the USA embassy move from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

Deifallah, who is unemployed, said he is not afraid to die.

Holding Palestinian flags and banners, the protesters were chanting "Free Palestine", "Freedom Now" and "End Occupation" slogans.

One man walked onto the stage with an effigy of US President Donald Trump dangling from a noose.

Gaza's Hamas leader, Yehiyeh Sinwawr, has said he expects tens of thousands to participate on Monday.

Separately Egypt opened its border crossing with Gaza, the only one not with Israel, for four days Saturday.

There are growing concerns that if Israel and Hamas dig in, a widespread border breach in coming days could lead to large numbers of casualties. Ten of the wounded were in serious condition, including a 16-year-old boy who was shot in the head. Rights groups say the use of potentially lethal force against unarmed protesters is unlawful.

The protests are part of a campaign to break the blockade imposed by Israel and Egypt after the Islamic militant Hamas overran Gaza in 2007.

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Last December, U.S. President Donald Trump sparked an global outcry when he unilaterally recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital and vowed to relocate Washington's embassy to the flashpoint city - a move scheduled for next Monday (May 14).

The Israeli-annexed eastern sector of Jerusalem is sought as a future Palestinian capital - at least by those supporting Hamas' political rival, West Bank-based Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

Hundreds of protesters gathered in London on Friday and all over the United Kingdom to express solidarity with Palestine as they mark 70 years of "Nakba".

Ultimately, some 700,000 Palestinians fled their homes - or were forcibly expelled by invading Jewish forces - while hundreds of Palestinian villages and cities were razed to the ground.

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.

Palestinians in Gaza have been staging weekly protests at the border fence against a decade-old blockade of the territory.

Media reported that France and other European Union members presented a statement that includes three main clauses: the European Union considers East Jerusalem as a capital of two states, the city's final status is decided through negotiations, and no European Union country would move its embassy to Jerusalem as the USA would do.

Deifallah, who is unemployed like nearly half the Gaza labor force, said he would also join Monday's protest and is not afraid to die. An IDF official told the news website that the drones destroyed over 40 burning kites throughout the border demonstrations. Israeli soldiers fired tear gas. The Israeli military said the crowd had grown violent and that troops were defending the border.

Kerem Shalom is the only crossing open to transport goods into and out of Gaza, including fuel and food. The upcoming opening was framed as a humanitarian gesture ahead of the Muslim fasting month of Ramadan, which begins next week.

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