Fifty-two Palestinians are reported dead so far today as protests erupted over the move of the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem. At least 1,000 individuals have been injured and the death toll continues to climb.
Today’s activity raises the current death toll since the beginning of The March of Return to at least 94 and the number of injured to more than 9,000.
The president of the United States announced back in December of last year that he would recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and would move the U.S. embassy there, causing outcry across the world.
The embassy move comes just one day before the 70th anniversary of the Nakba, the 1948 forced expulsion of Palestinians from their homes as part of the establishment of the State of Israel.
Following the nerve-agent attack on U.K. soil against former Soviet spy Sergei Skripal, the U.S. and Russia have begun expelling one another’s diplomats and closing their respective embassies in an escalation of political tensions.
Relations between the two countries have been confusing at best and contradictory at worst, with the U.S. president congratulating Putin on his reelection one day and hiring anti-Russia John Bolton as national security advisor the next.The United States has moved to expel 60 Russian diplomats in solidarity with the United Kingdom and its NATO allies following the nerve-agent attack against former Soviet spy Sergei Skripal and his daughter on U.K. soil in early March.
The U.S. joins 25 other countries in the expulsion of Russian diplomats, including Australia, Germany, Ukraine, France, Canada, the Netherlands, Italy, and Poland.
According to British Prime Minister Theresa May, it is the “largest collective expulsion of Russian intelligence officers in history,” with more than 135 expelled.