PALESTINIANS use kites to drop Molotov cocktails on Israeli forces who in turn have launched drones to unleash lung-burning tear gas on protesters in nightmarish scenes.

In one of the bloodiest days in the long-running conflict, demonstrators in Gaza are violently protesting the 70th anniversary of the founding of the Jewish state.

 A kite loaded with a Molotov cocktail is flown over the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip

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A kite loaded with a Molotov cocktail is flown over the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip

Israel has hired drone racers to knock the bomb-carrying kites out of the sky and to drop tear gas-filled grenades onto the masses of angry Palestinians, reports Haaretz.

Amateur drone pilots use fish hooks to intercept the floating Molotov menaces or simply fly through them, shredding their strings.

This comes as a kite, carrying what is believed to be a remote-operated bomb, landed in Israel after being launched from Gaza, in what is a disturbing first in the bitterly-fought war.

While the device appeared to be either a dud or a replica explosive, Israeli authorities consider the incident a terrifying new phase of so-called “kite terrorism.”

At least 37 demonstrators have been killed by Israeli gunfire amid huge protests along the border with Gaza today, according to officials.

 An Israeli drone drops tear gas near the troubled border

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An Israeli drone drops tear gas near the troubled border
 The Jewish state has employed drone racers to drop tear gas and to knock the Molotov kites out of the sky

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The Jewish state has employed drone racers to drop tear gas and to knock the Molotov kites out of the sky
 A Palestinian attaches a bomb to kite. File picture taken earlier this month

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A Palestinian attaches a bomb to kite. File picture taken earlier this month
 Tear has smoke fills the sky above Gaza amid chaotic and violent scenes

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Tear has smoke fills the sky above Gaza amid chaotic and violent scenes
 A drone drops a tear gas canister onto the demonstrators

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A drone drops a tear gas canister onto the demonstrators

Dozens more have also been wounded as demonstrators clashed with border guards on the same day the US embassy is controversially set to move to Jerusalem.

Black smoke from tyres burned by demonstrators rose into the air at the border, as activists tried to use the smoke 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.

At least 37 Palestinians – including a 14-year-old boy – have so far been killed today while more than 900 more have been wounded by Israeli fire, Palestinian health officials said.

Gaza science teacher Ali, who declined to give his last name, 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.”

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

 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
 Palestinian throw back tear gas canisters towards Israeli security forces

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Palestinian throw back tear gas canisters towards Israeli security forces
 An elderly Palestinian man falls on the ground after being shot by Israeli troops

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An elderly Palestinian man falls on the ground after being shot by Israeli troops
 Dozens of people have been killed today near the Gaza border with Israel

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Dozens of people have been killed today near the Gaza border with Israel
 Palestinians carry an injured protester during the ill-tempered demonstrator

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Palestinians carry an injured protester during the ill-tempered demonstrator
 Young Palestinians run as tear gas rains down on them

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Young Palestinians run as tear gas rains down on them

But today’s demonstration – on the day of the embassy move – is being billed as the biggest yet.

Today’s deaths bring the total of Palestinians killed during the protests over the last two weeks to 82.

No Israeli casualties have been reported.

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

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


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