PHOTOS: Protests in Gaza over US Embassy opening in Jerusalem

BY TEAM DML / MAY 14, 2018 /

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The protests are underway in the Gaza region as Palestinians reject the reality that is about to unfold in Israel Monday.

The US and Israel will open the new US Embassy in Jerusalem on Monday.  Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump are in Israel to represent the United States.

Meanwhile, a top Russian diplomat has criticized U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to move the U.S Embassy to Jerusalem, saying it will further fuel tensions between Israel and the Palestinians.

The U.S. Embassy will officially relocate to Jerusalem after Trump recognized it as the capital of Israel in December.

Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov on Monday described the relocation of the embassy as “short-sighted.”

Bogdanov said in an interview with the Interfax news agency that the decision “runs against the stance of most of the international community.” He blamed the U.S. for “a sharp escalation around Gaza” and said the relocation of the U.S. embassy “could spark large-scale confrontations between Palestinians and the Israelis and cause a rising number of casualties.”

Palestinians carry a demonstrator injured during clashes with Israeli forces near the border between the Gaza strip and Israel east of Gaza City on May 14, 2018, as Palestinians protest over the inauguration of the US embassy following its controversial move to Jerusalem. – The US moves its embassy in Israel to Jerusalem later Monday after months of global outcry, Palestinian anger and exuberant praise from Israelis over President Donald Trump’s decision tossing aside decades of precedent. There are concerns that the Gaza protests less than 100 kilometres (60 miles) away will turn deadly if Palestinians attempt to damage or cross the fence with Israeli snipers positioned on the other side. (Photo by MAHMUD HAMS / AFP) (Photo credit should read MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images)

KHAN YUNIS, GAZA – MAY 14: Palestinians set tires on fire in response to Israel’s intervention during a protest, organized to mark 70th anniversary of Nakba, also known as Day of the Catastrophe in 1948, and against United States’ plans to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, near Gaza-Israel border in Khan Yunis, Gaza on May 14, 2018. (Photo by Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

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