Israeli troops have shot dead dozens of Palestinian protesters on the Gaza border against the backdrop of the high-profile opening of the US 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.
But less than 100 miles away in Jerusalem, politicians and diplomats turned out to celebrate the opening of the new US embassy, controversially moved from Tel Aviv at the decree of President Donald Trump.
At the opening reception, the US ambassador to Israel, David Friedman, told the audience, which included Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner, that Monday’s “historic event is attributed to the vision, courage, and moral clarity of one person to whom we owe an enormous and eternal debt of gratitude: President Donald J Trump”.
Trump, who was not present at the opening ceremony but sent a video message, later tweeted Monday was “great day for Israel”.