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TURKEY: Protesters rally against opening of US embassy in Jerusalem

TURKEY: Protesters rally against opening of US embassy in Jerusalem
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The decision by the United States to officially relocate its embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem has sparked wild protests in the Turkish city of Istanbul.

According to reports, scores of protesters gathered in central Istanbul to express their support for Palestine in the wake of the decision by the US.

No less than 6,000 people converged to denounce the inauguration ceremony and the killings of at least 55 Palestinians by Israeli forces in Gaza – in what marked the bloodiest day in the besieged coastal enclave since the 2014 war.

During the opening of the US embassy hours ago, bloody clashes erupted at the Gaza border with protesters slinging rocks and Israeli forces shooting and using tear gas to disperse the angry crowd.

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According to reports, at least 55 Palestinians including women shot dead by Israeli troops after infuriated demonstrators clashed with security forces.

Hamas-run health ministry says aside the number of dead victims, 1,000 other people were injured, as Palestinians hurled stones and firebombs, while the Israeli military used snipers as black smoke poured from burning tyres.

Last December, Trump formally recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and made a decision to move its embassy there from Tel Aviv, breaking with decades of US policy.

 

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