Tensions In Gaza Remain High After Continuous Border Clashes With Israel

Violence in Gaza Flares Amid Embassy Move

As protestors amass at the border, many fear an escalation in the violence

Israelis and Palestinians are bracing for more violence on Monday as the U.S. prepares to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which Palestinians consider to be their capital. The controversial decision by the U.S. to relocate the embassy, which was taking place on the 70th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel, was met with fresh protests along the border with Gaza. As many as 52 Palestinians have reportedly been killed in clashes with Israeli forces so far.

Palestinian protests in Gaza have been growing in recent weeks with people gathering at the border. While the protests have largely been peaceful, they've been punctuated by stone-throwing, burning tires, and explosive kites meant to set Israeli farm fields on fire. Pictured: Smoke from burning tires mixes with tear gas. MOHAMMED ABED/AFP/Getty Images Palestinian protests in Gaza have been growing in recent weeks with people gathering at the border. While the protests have largely been peaceful, they've been punctuated by stone-throwing, burning tires, and explosive kites meant to set Israeli farm fields on fire. Pictured: Smoke from burning tires mixes with tear gas. Protestors set tires on fire near the fence on the border of Gaza and Israel. The burning tires create a thick smoke which, Israel says, makes it difficult for them to see if protestors are crossing the border. MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images Protestors set tires on fire near the fence on the border of Gaza and Israel. The burning tires create a thick smoke which, Israel says, makes it difficult for them to see if protestors are crossing the border. Palestinians carry tires to the Israel-Gaza border as part of what they are calling the "Great March of Return." Anadolu Agency/Getty Images Palestinians carry tires to the Israel-Gaza border as part of what they are calling the "Great March of Return."
The body of a 15-year-old boy is carried through the streets of Gaza. He was reportedly killed by Israeli fire during demonstrations along the border. Spencer Platt/Getty Images The body of a 15-year-old boy is carried through the streets of Gaza. He was reportedly killed by Israeli fire during demonstrations along the border.
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Nearly 2 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip live under an Israeli blockade. Electricity is in short supply, as is food and clean water. Many young men feel entirely without hope. Spencer Platt/Getty Images Nearly 2 million Palestinians in the Gaza Strip live under an Israeli blockade. Electricity is in short supply, as is food and clean water. Many young men feel entirely without hope.
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Men march alongside the body of the 15-year-old boy who was killed in the protests. Spencer Platt/Getty Images Men march alongside the body of the 15-year-old boy who was killed in the protests. People in both Gaza and Israel fear that if the demonstrations escalate—and if, indeed, protestors attempt to damage or scale the fence—the death toll will rise precipitously, and the cycle of violence will continue. MAHMUD HAMS/AFP/Getty Images People in both Gaza and Israel fear that if the demonstrations escalate—and if, indeed, protestors attempt to damage or scale the fence—the death toll will rise precipitously, and the cycle of violence will continue.