U.S. embassy opens in Jerusalem amid lockdown

Frederick Owens
May 15, 2018

"May God bless this embassy".

Palestinian protesters set tires on fire, sending plumes of black smoke into the air, and hurled firebombs and stones toward Israeli troops across the border.

The decision to recall ambassadors comes on the same day that a delegation of aides and Trump administration officials celebrated the opening of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem. "The number of Palestinian deaths will go up".

"Our greatest hope is for peace", he said despite the Palestinian anger the move has provoked.

Ardern said the Government had not spoken directly to the US, or US Ambassador, following the deaths.

In past escalations of the conflict, the United States has led efforts to defuse tensions.

"This action is legally null and void".

Top US officials have insisted they could still push forward the troubled peace process. None of the Israeli soldiers were hurt.

But Palestinians have been gathering in mass numbers to protest Israel since March 30, during which time more than 60 protesters have been killed by Israeli forces, which report no casualties.

While it's important to protect the border, he added, the United Nations should condemn the riots.

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Kuwait took that step Monday, requesting an opening meeting of the Security Council on Tuesday morning to discuss what a spokesman for Kuwait's United Nations mission called "the situation in the Middle East, including the Palestinian question, in light of the developments on the ground and the killing of innocent civilians".

President Trump fulfilled a campaign promise with the opening of the USA embassy in Jerusalem.

Palestinians view East Jerusalem, captured by Israel in a 1967 war, as the capital of a future independent state and see the USA move as backing Israel's desire to cement its rule over the whole city.

Palestinians were not protesting the embassy move alone.

"Israel makes us safer, and the least we can do is recognize their capital", he told Fox News host Harris Faulkner.

"Jerusalem must remain a city that brings people of all faiths together". "He made a campaign promise, he followed through".

Erdogan's comments came as thousands of people took to the streets of Turkey's largest city to protest against the embassy relocation.

Speaking at the ceremony, Netanyahu hailed the alliance between America and Israel as "stronger than ever".

And UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said the move "would jeopardize" the chance for peace between Israel and the Palestinians.

The body - known as the Committee on the Elimination of Racial Discrimination - also urged Israel to initiate an impartial and independent investigation into the use of force against Palestinian demonstrators and ensure that all Palestinians under its effective control, enjoy full rights under the Convention, without discrimination.

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