World Hundreds of Palestinians protest amid heightened tensions over embassy opening

04:40  13 may  2018
04:40  13 may  2018 Source:   cbsnews.com

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Palestinians have used cars as weapons in recent years, and the incident came amid heightened tensions between the two groups driven by protests in Gaza where Israeli troops have killed dozens of Palestinians . Jordanian, Palestinian , and green Muslim Brotherhood flags flew over crowd.

Hundreds of Palestinians were said to have been injured Friday during clashes with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank and Gaza Strip. The protests come amid heightened tensions following a terror attack in the West Bank earlier this week.

A demonstrator holds a Palestinian flag during a protest in support of the Palestinian cause, on May 12, 2018 in Rome to mark the 70 years since the Palestinian 'Nakba' of 1948. - The demonstration is also in solidarity with the 'Great Return March' protests in Gaza and to protest against the impending move of the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE / AFP)        (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)© FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images A demonstrator holds a Palestinian flag during a protest in support of the Palestinian cause, on May 12, 2018 in Rome to mark the 70 years since the Palestinian 'Nakba' of 1948. - The demonstration is also in solidarity with the 'Great Return March' protests in Gaza and to protest against the impending move of the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. (Photo by FILIPPO MONTEFORTE / AFP) (Photo credit should read FILIPPO MONTEFORTE/AFP/Getty Images)

There are heightened tensions in Israel this weekend, just days before the opening of the new U.S. embassy in Jerusalem. Israeli forces on Saturday blew up what they said was a Hamas terror tunnel at the Gaza border. Palestinian protesters have been fighting with Israeli troops at the border since March.

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  Israel prepares for opening of US Embassy in Jerusalem Israel is preparing a series of festivities to celebrate the opening of the new U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem, a move that has ignited Palestinian protests.A reception on Sunday will include members of a delegation led by President Donald Trump's daughter Ivanka, his senior adviser and son-in-law Jared Kushner and Secretary of Treasury Steven Mnuchin.Dozens of foreign diplomats are expected, though many ambassadors of European nations who oppose the move will skip it.Israel captured east Jerusalem in the 1967 Mideast war and annexed it in a move not recognized internationally.

Hundreds of Palestinians clashed with security forces in mainly Arab east Jerusalem amid heightened tensions in the Holy City where Israel has vowed to expand Jewish settlements. Getty.

The move led the Palestinians -- who hold a competing claim over the Arab-majority Hundreds of thousands of Palestinians were driven out or fled homes in what is now Israel. The incident came amid heightened tensions driven by the upcoming opening of the embassy and the protests in

The site of the new U.S. embassy is being readied, and signs are up across Jerusalem thanking President Trump for moving the embassy, thus recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. On Saturday, hundreds of Palestinians, who have been protesting the embassy move, marched through the streets of Gaza, carrying the body of a protester shot by Israeli troops Friday.

He was among an estimated 15,000 demonstrators, some burning tires and hurling rocks at Israeli forces. Palestinians have also started attaching fire-bombs to kites and flying them into Israel.

Along the Gaza border on Friday, CBS News found Israelis flying kites in a counter-demonstration.

"They kill their own. I mean – they kill their own," said Leah Goldin, whose son Hadar was killed four years in a war with Hamas. His body was never returned. She's angry and thinks Hamas is using Palestinians' suffering for publicity. "This is awful – to use children's games – kites – and to turn them into bombs," Goldin said. "To burn what? The fields?"As a result of one of those fire-kites, a crop that has been destroyed, which was a field of wheat and while the damage is relatively limited, ultimately it is symbolic. After all, this is a fight over land – and who it belongs to.

Israel braces for protests ahead of U.S. Embassy move

Racing across the fields, we found firefighters on specially-fitted motorcycles. Captain Liron Soll explained they go where fire engines cannot.

"All big fires start from small one – if you are in the right place in the right time – you can close it with a glass of water. So, we are the glass of water," Soll said. Israelis told CBS News the burned fields on this side of the conflict cannot compare with the level of suffering or images coming from Gaza. Anger is boiling, Hamas is calling on its supporters to storm the security fence -- and Israel's military is strengthening its defenses.

U.S. at U.N.: Israel acted with 'restraint' in Gaza border clash .
<p>U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley said Tuesday that Israel had acted with "restraint" in its deadly confrontation with Palestinians at the Gaza border.</p>After ambassadors joined in a moment of silence for the more than 50 Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in the bloodiest day in Gaza since a 2014 war, divisions among council members quickly re-emerged. Haley said Israel was facing Hamas extremists who incited people who lobbed flaming objects toward the Israeli side of the border fence and urged protest marchers to breach it.

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