Israeli troops killed two Palestinians and injured hundreds at the Gaza boundary fence on Tuesday as residents buried dozens of Palestinians who were shot and killed by Israeli forces a day earlier, Palestinian authorities said.Add Israel as an interest to stay up to date on the latest Israel news, video, and analysis from ABC News.
As the U.S. opened its new embassy in Jerusalem on Monday, Palestinians saw the deadliest day since the Gaza war in 2014. Israeli forces fired tear gas and live fire at Palestinian protesters, killing at least 60, including eight children, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry. More than 2,700 Palestinians were injured, the ministry said.
Israel and the U.S. blamed Hamas, which rules Gaza, for the deaths, saying that Israel was defending its border. Gaza has been under an Israeli-Egyptian blockade since Hamas seized control of the tiny territory in 2007.
“We started to line up altogether and then walk forward steps together. Then all I saw was smoke everywhere and people screaming,“ Wafa al-Udaini, a resident of Gaza who participated in Monday’s protests by the fence, told ABC News via text message.
Her cousin and her neighbor were killed by Israeli troops during the protest, she said.
She attended funerals Tuesday, and she says she plans to go back to the fence to demonstrate again on Wednesday.
Gaza was calmer on Tuesday, which for Palestinians marks what they refer to as "Nakba Day" -- marking what they call the "catastrophe" of their expulsion when Israel was created 70 years ago. Prayers were followed by parades of Palestinians carrying flag-wrapped bodies high above their heads, chanting on the way to the cemetery. Gunshots were fired in the air.
Near the boundary fence, 51-year-old Nasser Ghurab and 18-year-old Bilal Hussein were killed by Israeli forces, said Ashraf al-Qidra, a spokesman for the Palestinian Health Ministry.Nikki Haley denies Gaza violence is related to new US Embassy in Jersualem...