Thousands of Palestinians are protesting on the Gaza-Israel border as the US prepares to relocate its embassy to the contested city of Jerusalem.
The Israeli military says it has set up several layers of security around the Gaza border in case of a massive breach by Palestinian protesters and said it would block a breach of its border “at any cost”.
Gaza residents streamed to the border area for the protest against a decade-old blockade and the territory’s Hamas leaders have suggested a border breach is possible.
At least 16 Palestinians including a 14-year-old boy, were killed while over 500 were wounded by Israeli live fire, according to Palestinian health officials.
Protesters set tires on fire, sending thick plumes of black smoke into the air at several spots along the border, while the Israeli military said protesters assaulted the border fence.
A Palestinian protester says the march is a “message to Israel and its allies that we will never give up on our land”.
To mark the US moving its embassy to Jerusalem, Isreal will host a gala reception for President Trump’s daughter Ivanka, his senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner, and secretary of treasury Steven Mnuchin.
Dozens of foreign diplomats are expected, though many ambassadors of European nations who oppose the move will avoid it. Hungary, the Czech Republic and Romania have reportedly blocked a joint EU statement on the issue.