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The US moved the embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem amid armed protests in Gaza

Victims of the clashes were more than 40 participants in the rally, accompanied by explosions of improvised bombs

 In Jerusalem , the official opening ceremony of the Embassy of the United States was held. The diplomatic mission, which used to be located in Tel Aviv, was transferred to the capital of Israel for six months, although earlier the State Department representatives estimated this period in three or four years.

“Secretary Mnuchin and Ivanka Trump open a plaque during the ceremony at the US Embassy //” We officially and for the first time welcome you to the United States Embassy in Jerusalem, the capital of Israel “- Ivanka Trump”

The ceremony was attended by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as daughter of Donald Trump Ivanka and her husband Jared Kushner (Jared Kushner), who serves as senior advisor to Trump. Both representatives of the United States consider themselves to be Jews: Kouchner grew up in the family of Orthodox Jews, and Ivanka took the giyur before the wedding.

On the photo: Benjamin Netanyahu, Jared Kushner, Ivanka Trump

In parallel with the opening ceremony, armed protests took place in 12 sections of Israel’s border with the Gaza Strip with the participation of approximately 35,000 Palestinians marking the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust – a loss in the Arab-Israeli wars and the flight of the Arabs from Palestine.

According to the Israeli Ministry of Defense, protesters throw inflammable bottles and improvised explosive devices into the police, and burn tires and try to break the barriers on the Israeli border. Fearing a breakthrough, the Israeli border guards fire on the “most aggressive” participants in the rally.

According to representatives of the Ministry of Health of the partially recognized State of Palestine, the number of deaths resulting from protests in the Gaza Strip was more than 40 people and continues to increase. The number of victims according to different data is from 900 to 1700 people, gunshot wounds were found in half of them.

“Israeli military killed at least 41 Palestinian protestors in Gaza and injured more than 1,700 protesters”

The US President announced in December 2017 about the intention to transfer the embassy to Jerusalem and recognize it as the capital of Israel . At the same time, the international community continues to regard the status of the city as controversial: according to the official version, it was several times occupied by various sides of the Arab-Israeli conflict, including Jordan and Israel.

The last time Israeli troops occupied East Jerusalem in 1967, having won it from representatives of the armed forces of Jordan. Since then, the city is under the control of the Jewish state, which officially considers it its “single and indivisible” capital. At the same time, most of the diplomatic missions of other countries are located in Tel Aviv.

In 1995, the US Congress passed a resolution to postpone the embassy to Jerusalem. Acting then, US President Bill Clinton refused to carry out this assignment of the US Parliament, despite the allocated funding from the federal budget. A similar decision was subsequently made by George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

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