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US set to open embassy in Jerusalem amid clashes in Gaza

WION Web Team
Jerusalem, IsraelUpdated: May 14, 2018, 03:48 PM IST

Israeli motorcycle club, Samson Riders, lead a convoy of Harley Davidson riders in the streets of Jerusalem as they ride from the current location of the American embassy in Tel Aviv towards the new location in Jerusalem. Photograph:(AFP)

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Just hours ahead of the opening, two Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces as they opened fire on protesters.

The United States will open its embassy in Jerusalem today even as Palestinians clash with Isreali forces at Gaza.

The US move comes after President Trump on December 6th had recognised  Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and had directed its embassy to be moved to the holy city from Tel Aviv.

Just hours ahead of the opening, two Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces as they opened fire on protesters.

State news agency MENA reported that the Arab League will hold a meeting to discuss the United States' "illegal" move of embassy to Jerusalem.

 Gazan health ministry said a youth, Anas Qudeih, 21, was shot dead east of Khan Yunis in southern Gaza as clashes erupted between Palestinians and Israeli forces.

President Trump's daughter Ivanka reached yesterday to inaugurate the US embassy on Monday evening amid high security.

Around 1,000 police officers will be positioned around the embassy for the inauguration, said spokesman Micky Rosenfeld.

The inauguration will be attended by nearly 800 guests which will be led by US Deputy Secretary of State John Sullivan.

Sullivan called the embassy "a long overdue recognition of reality."

May 14th also marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of Israel.