Unbelievable photos show a chaotic scene on the ground where Israeli forces are killing Palestinians protesting the US embassy move

The opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem on Monday sparked violent protests in both Gaza and the West Bank, leaving dozens of Palestinians dead and wounding thousands.

Estimates Tuesday morning indicate Israeli forces have killed at least 60 Palestinians and injured more than 2,700.

President Donald Trump announced his decision to move the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in late 2017, effectively recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Most of the international community condemned the move, and there was widespread concern that his decision would spark violence in the region. Those fears were realized on Monday as Palestinian demonstrators angry over the opening of the US embassy clashed with Israeli forces.

These images capture the chaos surrounding the controversial opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem.

Editor’s Note: Some of the photos are graphic or disturbing.


The day the new US embassy opened in Jerusalem, thousands of Palestinian protesters demonstrated in Gaza and the West Bank, and Israeli forces were there to contain them.

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Palestinian demonstrators gather at the Israel-Gaza border on May 14, 2018.
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Most of the protests were concentrated along the Gaza Strip.

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Men, women, and children joined the demonstrations.

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A female Palestinian demonstrator walks during a protest at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip.
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By Monday afternoon, Israeli forces had killed at least 52 Palestinians and wounded thousands more.

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Palestinian demonstrators run for cover from Israeli fire tear gas.
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Israeli troops used sound grenades, released tear gas, and fired live rounds against the demonstrators.

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An Israeli border police officer throws a sound grenade toward Palestinian demonstrators in Bethlehem, the occupied West Bank on May 14, 2018.
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Some of the Palestinian protesters sent kite bombs over the border and hurled stones at Israeli troops, but many demonstrated peacefully.

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A Palestinian demonstrator uses a sling to hurl stones at Israeli troops.
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Youssef Mahmoud, spokesman for the Palestinian authority, called for the international community to step in stop the “horrific massacre committed by the Israeli Occupational forces against our heroic people.”

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An Israeli border policeman fires tear gas at Palestinian demonstrators.
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Tuesday marks the 70th anniversary of Nakba, when hundreds of thousands of Palestinians fled or were expelled from their homes after the state of Israel declared its independence and a war began.

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A wounded Palestinian demonstrator is evacuated during the protests.
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Many Palestinians have taken offense to the US moving its embassy the day before Nakba, which they see as adding insult to injury.

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The brother of Palestinian Shaher al-Madhoon, who was killed during a protest at the Israel-Gaza border, hugs his body at a hospital morgue in the northern Gaza Strip.
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Trump’s decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem has been widely condemned across the international community, which feared the decision would spark violence in the region.

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A Palestinian demonstrator moves a burning tire in the occupied West Bank.
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Those fears were realized on Monday.

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Palestinian demonstrators set up a barricade near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank.
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Meanwhile, in remarks marking the opening of the new embassy, White House Senior Adviser Jared Kushner condemned the violence on display.

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A Palestinian demonstrator shouts during a protest against U.S. embassy move to Jerusalem and ahead of the 70th anniversary of Nakba, at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip May 14, 2018.
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“As we have seen from the protests of the last month and even today, those provoking violence are part of the problem, and not part of the solution,” Kushner said.

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A female Palestinian medic is evacuated after inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli forces.
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Despite Monday’s violence and ongoing concern from the international community, Trump celebrated the opening of the embassy in Jerusalem, tweeting, “Big day for Israel. Congratulations!”

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Palestinian demonstrators take cover from Israeli fire and tear gas.
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Demonstrations against Trump’s decision to move the embassy have been occurring for weeks.

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A Palestinian demonstrator kicks a burning tire at the Israel-Gaza border, east of Gaza City.
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Mohammed Salem/Reuters

Human rights groups have expressed a great deal of concern over what’s happening in Gaza.


Amnesty International described the situation as an “abhorrent violation of international law and human rights.”


Some US politicians, such as Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, have celebrated Trump’s decision to move the embassy.


But others, such as Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont, have focused more on Israel’s response to the demonstrations. On Monday, he tweeted, “Hamas violence does not justify Israel firing on unarmed protesters.”


The White House blamed Hamas for the violence. “We believe Hamas bears the responsibility. This is a propaganda attempt,” White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah said during the press briefing on Monday.

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The clashes are expected to get worse on Tuesday.


As the demonstrations have escalated, the death toll continues to rise.

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Smoke is seen behind a field of sunflowers on Israeli side of the border fence between Israel and Gaza near kibbutz Mefalsim, Israel on May 14, 2018.
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Children were among those killed, including an 8-month-old baby named Laila al-Ghandour, who died after inhaling tear gas.

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A relative mourns as she carries the body of Palestinian infant Laila al-Ghandour, who died after inhaling tear gas at the Israel-Gaza border on May 15, 2018.
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By Tuesday morning, the death roll had risen to at least 60.

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Palestinian demonstrators run from tear gas fired by Israeli forces at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip on May 15, 2018.
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