AT least 41 Palestinians have been killed by Israeli gunfire amid huge protests along the border with Gaza today.

More than 900 more are reported to have been wounded in what is already the bloodiest day in the country since 2014.

 A Palestinian protester fires rocks towards the Israeli border with a slingshot

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A Palestinian protester fires rocks towards the Israeli border with a slingshot

Loudspeakers on Gaza mosques urged Palestinians to join protests as the US embassy prepares to officially make its controversial move to Jerusalem.

Demonstrators clashed with border guards on what was also the 70th anniversary of Israel’s founding, as warplanes struck what Israel called a Hamas post in northern Gaza.

Black smoke from burning tyres rose into the air at the border, as activists tried to use the cloud as cover from snipers.

Masked protesters hurled stones towards the border fences as Israeli troops fired volleys of tear gas and live bullets back into the crowds.

 Tear gas falls from the sky as protesters run for cover by the Israeli border in Gaza

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Tear gas falls from the sky as protesters run for cover by the Israeli border in Gaza
 A wounded demonstrator is ferried away on a stretcher by medics

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A wounded demonstrator is ferried away on a stretcher by medics
 Tear gas canisters rain down on protesters in Gaza near the Israeli border

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Tear gas canisters rain down on protesters in Gaza near the Israeli border
 Masked protesters wave a Palestinian flag as tyres burn around them

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Masked protesters wave a Palestinian flag as tyres burn around them
 Tear gas canisters come flying towards protesters as they push towards the border

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Tear gas canisters come flying towards protesters as they push towards the border
 Israeli soldiers take aim at protesters from their positions along the Gaza border

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Israeli soldiers take aim at protesters from their positions along the Gaza border

Demonstrators also used kites to drop Molotov cocktails on Israeli forces – who in turn used drones to hit protesters with tear gas.

At least 41 Palestinians – including a 14-year-old boy – have so far been killed today.

More than 900 more have been wounded by Israeli fire, Palestinian health officials said.

The bloodshed makes today the deadliest since a devastating 2014 cross-border war.

Gaza science teacher Ali, who declined to give his last name, today said: “Today is the big day when we will cross the fence and tell Israel and the world we will not accept being occupied forever.

“Many may get martyred today, so many.

“But the world will hear our message – occupation must end.”

 Bodies are stacked up at a morgue in Khan Yunis, Gaza, after a day of bloodshed

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Bodies are stacked up at a morgue in Khan Yunis, Gaza, after a day of bloodshed
 Mourners cry after their relatives were gunned down by Israeli soldiers

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Mourners cry after their relatives were gunned down by Israeli soldiers
 Today has been the bloodiest day of violence in Israel since 2014

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Today has been the bloodiest day of violence in Israel since 2014
 A protester kicks a burning tyre during anti-Israel protests in Gaza today

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A protester kicks a burning tyre during anti-Israel protests in Gaza today
 Palestinian youths hurl stones towards the border area as Israeli troops fire back live rounds

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Palestinian youths hurl stones towards the border area as Israeli troops fire back live rounds
 A protester is carried away on a stretcher against a backdrop of black smoke

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A protester is carried away on a stretcher against a backdrop of black smoke
 Protesters hurl stones towards the Israeli border today

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Protesters hurl stones towards the Israeli border today
 Israeli troops gather by the border fence as protesters head towards them

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Israeli troops gather by the border fence as protesters head towards them
 Palestinians drop to the ground for cover as gunshots ring out

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Palestinians drop to the ground for cover as gunshots ring out

The border area has seen daily protests against a decade-old blockade of the territory for the last two weeks.

But today’s demonstration – on the day of the embassy move – is by far the biggest yet.

Today’s deaths bring the total of Palestinians killed during the protests over the last two weeks to 86.

No Israeli casualties have been reported.

 Demonstrators run through clouds of tear gas and thick black smoke

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Demonstrators run through clouds of tear gas and thick black smoke
 Tear gas canisters rain down from above as protesters run for cover

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Tear gas canisters rain down from above as protesters run for cover
 A wounded man is carried away by other demonstrators in chaotic scenes

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A wounded man is carried away by other demonstrators in chaotic scenes
 A protester with a slingshot covers his face with a Palestinian flag today

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A protester with a slingshot covers his face with a Palestinian flag today
 Tear gas rains down towards protesters from the Israeli side of the border

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Tear gas rains down towards protesters from the Israeli side of the border

The killings have drawn international criticism but the US has echoed Israel in accusing Gaza’s ruling Hamas movement of instigating violence.

In a statement, the Israeli army said troops had shot and killed three Palestinians who attempted to plant a bomb along the fence.

It also said an aircraft had targeted a Hamas post in northern Gaza after Israeli troops came under fire.

Lt. Col. Jonathan Conricus, an Israeli military spokesman, said the army had set up additional “layers” of security in and around communities near the border to defend Israeli civilians.

 A young man cries out in pain as he is carried away by medics for treatment

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A young man cries out in pain as he is carried away by medics for treatment
 A protester runs between the flaming tyres amid clashes on the border

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A protester runs between the flaming tyres amid clashes on the border
 A masked man gathers rocks to hurl as missiles towards Israeli troops

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A masked man gathers rocks to hurl as missiles towards Israeli troops
 A wounded man is stretchered away by emergency workers

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A wounded man is stretchered away by emergency workers
 Dozens of protesters have been injured today along Israel's border with Gaza

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Dozens of protesters have been injured today along Israel’s border with Gaza

He said there already had been several “significant attempts” to break through the fence.

Cornicus said: “Even if the fence is breached, we will be able to protect Israeli civilians from attempts to massacre or kidnap or kill them.”

Israeli leaders and a US delegation including Donald Trump’s daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, are today attending the opening of the new embassy.

Donald Trump tweeted ahead of the gathering that today was “a great day for Israel”.

 Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner arrive at the embassy opening ceremony in Jerusalem today

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Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner arrive at the embassy opening ceremony in Jerusalem today
 Dignitaries gather at the embassy opening ceremony in Jerusalem today

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Dignitaries gather at the embassy opening ceremony in Jerusalem today
 Ivanka greets Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu at an event in Jerusalem yesterday

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Ivanka greets Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu at an event in Jerusalem yesterday

The decision to move the embassy to Jerusalem was controversial because both Israel and Palestine claim the city as their capital.

When Trump announced the move in December, it was seen by many has a setback to the peace process.

It sparked widespread protests across the Muslim world and fears of more unrest in the Middle East, with Arab leaders blasting the decision.

Burning tyres in Gaza met with tear gas as protesters clash with Israeli soldiers ahead of US Embassy move to Jerusalem


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