Montreal holds pro-Palestine demonstration as US Embassy opens in Jerusalem

Montreal holds pro-Palestine demonstration as US Embassy opens in Jerusalem

What are the protests about?

He added, "I think the prospects of an agreement between those two parties, at this point, is so low that the other consequences of moving the embassy are probably more modest than they - more manageable than they would have been at any time in the past, mainly because the diplomatic connection to the Israeli-Palestinian issue is less important".

On the 70th anniversary of Israel's independence, a day of celebration was marked by a day of angry protests.

Israel has defended its actions, saying troops were defending its border.

A 1948 United Nations resolution supporting the right of return has never been implemented.

The United States officially opened its deeply controversial Jerusalem embassy on Monday in a ceremony that included a video address by President Donald Trump.

"The AU affirms solidarity with the Palestinian people in their legitimate quest for an independent and sovereign State with East Jerusalem as its capital", the statement further said. The blockade has been blamed for stifling Gaza's economy and leading to shortages of water, electricity and medicine in the region.

The protests peak on Fridays, with the numbers of demonstrators ranging from thousands to tens of thousands. Demonstrators burned tires, threw stones and incendiary projectiles. Some have tried to break through the fence.

It was the deadliest day in Gaza since a 2014 war between Israel and Gaza's ruling Hamas.

The killings have drawn worldwide criticism, but the United States has echoed Israel in accusing Gaza's ruling Hamas movement of instigating violence, an allegation it denies. No Israeli casualties have been reported.

The Palestinian Authority's leader condemned the action as a "massacre" and the United Nations has called it "outrageous human rights violations".

Palestinians see East Jerusalem, which was occupied by Israel during the 1967 Six Day War and later annexed in 1980, as the capital of their future state. The soldiers' response, it said, was in accordance with "standard operating procedures".

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Palestinian Health Ministry officials said 55 protesters were killed and 2,700 injured either by live gunfire, tear gas or other means.

What has been the worldwide reaction?

"I called my cousin and her son, he was shot in the leg and he was in a awful situation", said El Najjar, standing on the steps of the embassy.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said while on a visit to London: "Israel is wreaking state terror". Israel, meanwhile, called on the council to condemn Hamas, the Islamic militant group that rules the coastal strip and led the protests.

European Union foreign policy chief Federica Mogherini urged "utmost restraint", while French President Emmanuel Macron "condemned the violence of the Israeli armed forces against protesters".

"Every country has the obligation to protect its borders", Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said.

The party has also called on Israel's ambassador in South Africa to leave.

In Dublin, Ireland summoned Israel's ambassador to protest.

What is the situation now?

At Shifa, Gaza's main hospital, men were queuing on Tuesday to give blood.

At Shifa Hospital, the territory's largest, some patients are being treated in a makeshift tent erected outside the main building due to lack of space. They wanted to help the many wounded in Monday's violence.

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