Violence ensued as The United States plan to open the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem on Monday was met with protests on the Gaza strip that many Palestinians dead and thousands wounded, NBC News reports.
The Israeli Defense Forces charged onto protestors who approached the blockade between the Gaza Strip and Israel.
White House press secretary Raj Shah stated “We believe that Hamas is responsible for these tragic deaths, that their rather cynical exploitation of the situation is what’s leading to these deaths, and we want them to stop,”
Protests over the U.S.’s decision to move the Embassy began March 30 and has left 109 dead and over 12,000 wounded. No Israelis have been killed since the conflict began.
More than 300 women and children were injured, Gaza Health Ministry said. Among the dead from Monday’s conflict was an 8-month old baby girl, who inhaled tear gas.
In Hebrew, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu wrote on Twitter:
Every country has an obligation to defend its borders. The Hamas terrorist organisation declares it intends to destroy Israel and sends thousands to breach the border fence in order to achieve this goal. We will continue to act with determination to protect our sovereignty and citizens.