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Violent protests in Gaza ahead of U.S. Embassy inauguration in Jerusalem

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Thousands of Gaza residents headed toward the border with Israel on Monday, drawing Israeli fire in a potentially bloody showdown as Israel prepared for the festive inauguration of a new U.S. Embassy in contested Jerusalem.

At least two Palestinians were killed in the area of Monday’s march, which was to be the biggest yet in a weeks-long campaign against a decade-old blockade of the territory. As crowds began to swell at midday, Israeli troops began firing from across the border fence.

The march was also directed at the inauguration of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem later Monday. The relocation of the embassy from Tel Aviv has infuriated the Palestinians, who seek east Jerusalem as a future capital. (AP)

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