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Palestinian killed and hundreds wounded in "Great Return March"

12 May 2018

Israeli forces' fire on unarmed protesters has killed 41 Palestinians and injured more than 1,800 since the demonstrations began on March 30.

Before the protests ended for the day, dozens of demonstrators broke into the Gaza side of the Kerem Shalom goods crossing where humanitarian supplies are delivered to Gaza and ignited a pipeline that delivers gas from Israel and torched a goods conveyor belt, causing damage estimated at more than $9 million, Israeli officials said.

In December 2017, Trump formally recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Hundreds of guests will attend the opening event, including the USA ambassador to Israel, David Friedman; the daughter and son-in-law of the president, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner; Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin; and Jason Greenblatt, the United States special representative for global negotiations.

Gaza's Hamas leader, Yehiyeh Sinwawr, has said he expects tens of thousands to participate on Monday.

The protest comes ahead of the anniversary next week that will be marked by mass demonstrations along the Gaza border, the culmination of a month of protest that has also focused on anger at the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital and move their embassy to the city.

Tensions were spiraling ahead of Monday, when the US will relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem in a controversial move condemned by the Palestinians.

Israel has said it will prevent any border breach and has stuck to its open-fire policies, such as targeting "main instigators" and those approaching the fence, despite growing worldwide criticism. As a result of the embargo the overwhelming majority of Gaza's residents live in poverty and 43 percent of the population is unemployed, the highest jobless rate in the world.

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The May 11 riots had the usual features of violence from the prior riots: rocks, burning tires, and pipe bombs were hurled at Israel Defense Force (IDF) members.

From the camps, smaller groups moved closer to the fence.

Israeli soldiers fired live rounds and volleys of tear gas.

Israel says Hamas uses the marches as cover for terrorist attacks. The protests are also meant to call attention to Gaza unemployment. The protesters performed Friday prayers at the monument before dispersing.

Sinwar was freed in a prisoner swap with Israel in 2011 and was elected as the movement's Gaza chief in 2017.

Hamas has said if the protests "don't achieve their goals", they will continue.

Palestinians are seeking the right to return to homes from which they were displaced after the 1948 founding of Israel. Palestinian refugees and their descendants now number several million people in the region, including more than two million in Jordan.

"What's the problem with hundreds of thousands breaking through a fence that is not a border?"

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