At least 46 Palestinians were killed by Israeli forces and almost 1,700 others were wounded after thousands of protesters converged on the razor wire fence between the Gaza Strip and Israel just hours before the U.S. Embassy moves to Jerusalem.

The Israeli Defense Forces accused Hamas of “leading a terrorist operation under the cover of masses of people,” adding that “firebombs and explosive devices” as well as rocks were being thrown towards the fence.

 The Israeli military said the demonstration involved 35,000 people “taking part in violent riots” at 12 locations along the barrier. The fence was built by Israel along Gaza’s land border for security reasons in 1994.

The protest movement’s aims are broad. Monday’s march is meant to express anger over U.S. Embassy’s inauguration, while Tuesday is “Nakba” or Catastrophe Day, when Palestinians observe the 70th anniversary of Israel’s founding.

Source: Palestinians converge on Gaza-Israel fence; 37 killed

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