United States opens embassy in Jerusalem as Gaza erupts in violence, 55 dead

Binyamin Netanyahu greeted Ivanka Trump at a reception last night

In past escalations of the conflict, the USA has led efforts to defuse tensions.

As for the embassy opening in Jerusalem, Gilady praised President Donald Trump's decision.

Riyad Mansour, Permanent Observer of Palestine to the United Nations, speaks during a press encounter at the UN headquarters in New York, May 14, 2018.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, thanked the U.S. President, calling this "a great day for Israel" and "a great day for America".

President Trump spent the day at the White House and visited his wife in the evening.

Netanyahu made no mention of the violence in Gaza other than to salute "our courageous solders who are protecting the borders of Israel, as we speak today".

Many foreign diplomats have been invited to the ceremony, although some have decided not to attend in protest against the relocation.

It came as the controversial U.S. embassy was opened in Jerusalem. It said soldiers were responding with "riot dispersal means and fire".

The Israeli military said that some in the crowds were planting or hurling explosives, and that many were flying flaming kites into Israel.

The US embassy move from Tel Aviv has added further fuel to Palestinian anger. "The American Congress has, for many years now, recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel".

"Police arrested 14 suspects".

The move of the U.S. Embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, coupled with the killings of dozens of Palestinian protesters on Monday, makes the odds of a U.S. -brokered peace even more remote, analysts said.

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Gardai and ambulance personnel rushed to the scene of the light plane crash in Offaly. "A rescue/recovery operation is under way". There were two people on board, the pilot and a seven-year-old boy, with the plane came down near Clonbollogue.

A Foreign Office spokesperson, in a statement, said the move represents violation of global law and several United Nations Security Council resolutions, in particular resolutions No. 476 and 478.

A bipartisan coalition of over 39 members of Congress sent a letter to the body in protest of the resolution.

Netanyahu said that "under any peace agreement you could possibly imagine, Jerusalem will remain Israel's capital".

Monday also coincided with the dedication ceremony for the U.S. embassy. But, certainly, the opening of the USA embassy in Jerusalem, a capital claimed by both people, exacerbated an already volatile situation.

Also, several thousand people protested in the Turkish city of Istanbul against the Israeli actions in the Gaza Strip, local media reported on Monday.

Int'l community (barring US) does not recognise Israel's claim. They are in their seventh week of protests. "At the request of the Department of State, and in coordination with host nations, the Department of Defense has deployed additional Marine Security Guards to several USA embassies for the goal of temporarily augmenting security", Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Cmdr.

It was the bloodiest day since a series of protests by Palestinians demanding the right to return to their ancestral homes began at the end of March.

She said Jerusalem was an internationally recognised disputed territory and a "fair division" was the only hope of peace.

Saeb Erekat, Palestine Liberation Organisation secretary-general, called it a "hostile act against worldwide law".

France called for "restraint in the use of force", saying in a statement that it "recalls the need to protect civilians, in particular minors, and the right of the Palestinians to demonstrate peacefully".

Trump, who addressed the embassy opening via video message, had pledged to jumpstart a moribund peace process.

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