Violent protests in Gaza ahead of U.S. Embassy inauguration in Jerusalem

Israeli troops shot dead dozens of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border on Monday when the high-profile opening of the U.S. embassy to Israel in Jerusalem by the Trump administration raised tension to boiling point after weeks of demonstrations.

In the bloodiest single day for Palestinians since 2014, Palestinian Health Ministry officials said 58 protesters were killed and 2,700 injured by live gunfire, tear gas or other means.

The bloodshed drew calls for restraint from some countries, including France and Britain, and stronger criticism from others, with regional power Turkey calling it “a massacre”.

The White House declined to join in urging Israel to exercise caution and pinned the blame squarely on Gaza’s ruling Hamas group, backing Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who described the Israeli military’s actions as self-defense of his country’s borders. (Reuters)

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<p>Palestinians sling stonesin the West Bank city of Bethlehem during clashes with Israeli troops during a protest against the U.S. decision to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem, May 14, 2018. (Photo: Majdi Mohammed/AP) </p>
Violent protests in Gaza ahead of U.S. Embassy inauguration in Jerusalem

Palestinians sling stonesin the West Bank city of Bethlehem during clashes with Israeli troops during a protest against the U.S. decision to relocate its embassy to Jerusalem, May 14, 2018. (Photo: Majdi Mohammed/AP)

<p>An elderly Palestinian man falls on the ground after being shot by Israeli troops during a deadly protest at the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, May 14, 2018. (Photo: Adel Hana/AP) </p>
Violent protests in Gaza ahead of U.S. Embassy inauguration in Jerusalem

An elderly Palestinian man falls on the ground after being shot by Israeli troops during a deadly protest at the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, May 14, 2018. (Photo: Adel Hana/AP)

<p>Palestinian protesters hurl stones at Israeli troops while engulfed in smoke from burning tires near the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, May 14, 2018. (Photo: Adel Hana/AP) </p>
Violent protests in Gaza ahead of U.S. Embassy inauguration in Jerusalem

Palestinian protesters hurl stones at Israeli troops while engulfed in smoke from burning tires near the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel, east of Khan Younis, May 14, 2018. (Photo: Adel Hana/AP)

<p>Palestinians demonstrate outside the new U.S. embassy as the ceremony to inaugurate the controversial embassy in Jerusalem began on May 14, 2018. (Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Violent protests in Gaza ahead of U.S. Embassy inauguration in Jerusalem

Palestinians demonstrate outside the new U.S. embassy as the ceremony to inaugurate the controversial embassy in Jerusalem began on May 14, 2018. (Photo: Ahmad Gharabli/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Palestinian men bring tires to be burned 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 the inauguration of the U.S. Embassy following its controversial move to Jerusalem. (Photo: Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Violent protests in Gaza ahead of U.S. Embassy inauguration in Jerusalem

Palestinian men bring tires to be burned 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 the inauguration of the U.S. Embassy following its controversial move to Jerusalem. (Photo: Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A Palestinian demonstrator carries a tire as others take cover from Israeli fire and tear gas during a protest against the U.S. Embassy’s move to Jerusalem and ahead of the 70th anniversary of Nakba, at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip on May 14, 2018. (Photo: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters) </p>
Violent protests in Gaza ahead of U.S. Embassy inauguration in Jerusalem

A Palestinian demonstrator carries a tire as others take cover from Israeli fire and tear gas during a protest against the U.S. Embassy’s move to Jerusalem and ahead of the 70th anniversary of Nakba, at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip on May 14, 2018. (Photo: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters)

<p>A female Palestinian medic is evacuated after inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli forces during a protest against the U.S. Embassy’s move to Jerusalem and ahead of the 70th anniversary of Nakba, near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank on May 14, 2018. (Photo: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters) </p>
Violent protests in Gaza ahead of U.S. Embassy inauguration in Jerusalem

A female Palestinian medic is evacuated after inhaling tear gas fired by Israeli forces during a protest against the U.S. Embassy’s move to Jerusalem and ahead of the 70th anniversary of Nakba, near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank on May 14, 2018. (Photo: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters)

<p>Palestinians run for cover from tear gas during clashes with Israeli security forces near the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip on May 14, 2018, as Palestinians protest the inauguration of the U.S. Embassy following its controversial move to Jerusalem. (Photo: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Violent protests in Gaza ahead of U.S. Embassy inauguration in Jerusalem

Palestinians run for cover from tear gas during clashes with Israeli security forces near the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip on May 14, 2018, as Palestinians protest the inauguration of the U.S. Embassy following its controversial move to Jerusalem. (Photo: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>Palestinian demonstrators run for cover during a protest against the U.S. Embassy’s move to Jerusalem and ahead of the 70th anniversary of Nakba, at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip, May 14, 2018. (Photo: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters) </p>
Violent protests in Gaza ahead of U.S. Embassy inauguration in Jerusalem

Palestinian demonstrators run for cover during a protest against the U.S. Embassy’s move to Jerusalem and ahead of the 70th anniversary of Nakba, at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip, May 14, 2018. (Photo: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters)

<p>Palestinian protesters burn tires during a protest on the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel, May 14, 2018. (Photo: Khalil Hamra/AP) </p>
Violent protests in Gaza ahead of U.S. Embassy inauguration in Jerusalem

Palestinian protesters burn tires during a protest on the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel, May 14, 2018. (Photo: Khalil Hamra/AP)

<p>Palestinian children use slingshots during clashes with Israeli forces near the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip on May 14, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Violent protests in Gaza ahead of U.S. Embassy inauguration in Jerusalem

Palestinian children use slingshots during clashes with Israeli forces near the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip on May 14, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Abed/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A Palestinian man holding a flag walks in the smoke billowing from burning tires next to a protester wearing an Anonymous mask during clashes with Israeli forces along the border with the Gaza Strip east of Khan Younis on May 14, 2018, as Palestinians protest the inauguration of the U.S. Embassy following its controversial move to Jerusalem. (Photo: Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Violent protests in Gaza ahead of U.S. Embassy inauguration in Jerusalem

A Palestinian man holding a flag walks in the smoke billowing from burning tires next to a protester wearing an Anonymous mask during clashes with Israeli forces along the border with the Gaza Strip east of Khan Younis on May 14, 2018, as Palestinians protest the inauguration of the U.S. Embassy following its controversial move to Jerusalem. (Photo: Said Khatib/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A Palestinian carries an injured protester during clashes with Israeli forces near the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel on May 14, 2018, during a demonstration on the day of the U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem. (Photo: Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Violent protests in Gaza ahead of U.S. Embassy inauguration in Jerusalem

A Palestinian carries an injured protester during clashes with Israeli forces near the border between the Gaza Strip and Israel on May 14, 2018, during a demonstration on the day of the U.S. Embassy move to Jerusalem. (Photo: Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>An Israeli soldier aims his weapon at Palestinian demonstrators during a protest against the U.S. Embassy’s move to Jerusalem and ahead of the 70th anniversary of Nakba, near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank on May 14, 2018. (Photo: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters) </p>
Violent protests in Gaza ahead of U.S. Embassy inauguration in Jerusalem

An Israeli soldier aims his weapon at Palestinian demonstrators during a protest against the U.S. Embassy’s move to Jerusalem and ahead of the 70th anniversary of Nakba, near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank on May 14, 2018. (Photo: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters)

<p>A Palestinian demonstrator with a slingshot takes part in a protest against the U.S. Embassy’s move to Jerusalem, at the Israel-Gaza border east of Gaza City, May 14, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Salem/Reuters) </p>
Violent protests in Gaza ahead of U.S. Embassy inauguration in Jerusalem

A Palestinian demonstrator with a slingshot takes part in a protest against the U.S. Embassy’s move to Jerusalem, at the Israel-Gaza border east of Gaza City, May 14, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Salem/Reuters)

<p>Palestinian demonstrators set up a barricade during a protest against the U.S. Embassy’s move to Jerusalem, near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank on May 14, 2018. (Photo: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters) </p>
Violent protests in Gaza ahead of U.S. Embassy inauguration in Jerusalem

Palestinian demonstrators set up a barricade during a protest against the U.S. Embassy’s move to Jerusalem, near Ramallah in the occupied West Bank on May 14, 2018. (Photo: Mohamad Torokman/Reuters)

<p>An Israeli border police officer throws a sound grenade toward Palestinian demonstrators in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank during a protest against the U.S. Embassy’s move to Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. (Photo: Mussa Qawasma/Reuters) </p>
Violent protests in Gaza ahead of U.S. Embassy inauguration in Jerusalem

An Israeli border police officer throws a sound grenade toward Palestinian demonstrators in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank during a protest against the U.S. Embassy’s move to Jerusalem on May 14, 2018. (Photo: Mussa Qawasma/Reuters)

<p>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 the United States’ relocation of its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, near the Gaza-Israel border in Khan Younis on May 14, 2018. (Photo: Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) </p>
Violent protests in Gaza ahead of U.S. Embassy inauguration in Jerusalem

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 the United States’ relocation of its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, near the Gaza-Israel border in Khan Younis on May 14, 2018. (Photo: Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

<p>Palestinians burn tires during clashes with Israeli troopsin the West Bank city of Bethlehem during a protest against the U.S. decision to relocate its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem, May 14, 2018. (Photo: Majdi Mohammed/AP) </p>
Violent protests in Gaza ahead of U.S. Embassy inauguration in Jerusalem

Palestinians burn tires during clashes with Israeli troopsin the West Bank city of Bethlehem during a protest against the U.S. decision to relocate its Israeli embassy to Jerusalem, May 14, 2018. (Photo: Majdi Mohammed/AP)

<p>Palestinian demonstrators run for cover from Israeli fire and tear gas during a protestat the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip against the U.S. Embassy’s move to Jerusalem, on May 14, 2018. (Photo: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters) </p>
Violent protests in Gaza ahead of U.S. Embassy inauguration in Jerusalem

Palestinian demonstrators run for cover from Israeli fire and tear gas during a protestat the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip against the U.S. Embassy’s move to Jerusalem, on May 14, 2018. (Photo: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters)

<p>Palestinians set tires on fire in response to Israel’s intervention during a protest, organized to mark the 70th anniversary of Nakba, also known as Day of the Catastrophe in 1948, and against the relocation of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, near the Gaza-Israel border in Khan Younis on May 14, 2018. (Photo: Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) </p>
Violent protests in Gaza ahead of U.S. Embassy inauguration in Jerusalem

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

<p>Palestinians set tires on fire in response to Israel’s intervention during a protest to mark the 70th anniversary of Nakba, also known as Day of the Catastrophe in 1948, and against the relocation of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, near the Gaza-Israel border in Khan Younis on May 14, 2018. (Photo: Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) </p>
Violent protests in Gaza ahead of U.S. Embassy inauguration in Jerusalem

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

<p>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 protested the inauguration of the U.S. Embassy following its controversial move to Jerusalem. (Photo: Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Violent protests in Gaza ahead of U.S. Embassy inauguration in Jerusalem

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 protested the inauguration of the U.S. Embassy following its controversial move to Jerusalem. (Photo: Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A Palestinian woman walks through black smoke from burning tires during a protest on the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel, May 14, 2018. (Photo: Khalil Hamra/AP) </p>
Violent protests in Gaza ahead of U.S. Embassy inauguration in Jerusalem

A Palestinian woman walks through black smoke from burning tires during a protest on the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel, May 14, 2018. (Photo: Khalil Hamra/AP)

<p>Palestinians carry an injured protester after Israel’s intervention during a protest to mark the 70th anniversary of Nakba, also known as Day of the Catastrophe in 1948, and against the relocation of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, near Gaza-Israel border in Khan Younis on May 14, 2018. (Photo: Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images) </p>
Violent protests in Gaza ahead of U.S. Embassy inauguration in Jerusalem

Palestinians carry an injured protester after Israel’s intervention during a protest to mark the 70th anniversary of Nakba, also known as Day of the Catastrophe in 1948, and against the relocation of the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, near Gaza-Israel border in Khan Younis on May 14, 2018. (Photo: Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

<p>Palestinian demonstrators run for cover from Israeli fire and tear gas during a protest against the U.S. Embassy’s move to Jerusalem, at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip, May 14, 2018. (Photo: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters) </p>
Violent protests in Gaza ahead of U.S. Embassy inauguration in Jerusalem

Palestinian demonstrators run for cover from Israeli fire and tear gas during a protest against the U.S. Embassy’s move to Jerusalem, at the Israel-Gaza border in the southern Gaza Strip, May 14, 2018. (Photo: Ibraheem Abu Mustafa/Reuters)

<p>Palestinian protesters run for cover from tear gas 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 the inauguration of the U.S. Embassy following its controversial move to Jerusalem. (Photo: Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images) </p>
Violent protests in Gaza ahead of U.S. Embassy inauguration in Jerusalem

Palestinian protesters run for cover from tear gas 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 the inauguration of the U.S. Embassy following its controversial move to Jerusalem. (Photo: Mahmud Hams/AFP/Getty Images)

<p>A female Palestinian demonstrator stands amid smoke during a protest against the U.S. Embassy’s move to Jerusalem and ahead of the 70th anniversary of Nakba, at the Israel-Gaza border east of Gaza City on May 14, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Salem/Reuters) </p>
Violent protests in Gaza ahead of U.S. Embassy inauguration in Jerusalem

A female Palestinian demonstrator stands amid smoke during a protest against the U.S. Embassy’s move to Jerusalem and ahead of the 70th anniversary of Nakba, at the Israel-Gaza border east of Gaza City on May 14, 2018. (Photo: Mohammed Salem/Reuters)

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