Palestinians carry tyres to be burnt during clashes with Israeli forces near the border between the Gaza strip and Israel east of Gaza City on May 14, 2018
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(With inputs from agencies)
Drones set fire to tyres
Witnesses say Israeli drones have dropped incendiary materials, setting ablaze tires that had been collected for use in a planned Gaza border protest.
They say the drones set tires ablaze in two locations early Monday, releasing large clouds of black smoke.
Israel has warned Gaza residents they will be risking their lives if they approach the border during a planned mass protest. The army says in the leaflets dropped by jets Monday that it will “act against every attempt to damage the security fence or harm IDF soldiers or Israeli civilians.”
Gaza’s ruling Hamas says it expects tens of thousands to join Monday’s march, suggesting a possible border breach. The march is part of a campaign to break Gaza’s decade-old border blockade. It’s also a protest against the inauguration Monday of a US Embassy in contested Jerusalem.
With Israel and Hamas digging in, there has been concern about large numbers of casualties Monday.
Palestinian government comment on the day
A senior aide to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has sharply criticised US President Donald Trump over his decision to open the US Embassy in Occupied Jerusalem, saying the American administration is “based on lies.”
Saeb Erekat told the Voice of Palestine radio Monday that Trump violated a promise to hold off on moving the embassy to give peace talks a chance. Erekat says Washington “is no longer a partner.”
In December, Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, infuriating Palestinians who seek the Israeli-annexed eastern sector as a capital. The US Embassy in Jerusalem opens Monday.
Erekat says the Trump administration has “become part of the problem.” He suggested Trump’s Mideast team is unqualified, saying “the world needs real leaders, and those (White House officials) are real estate dealers, not leaders.”