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WATCH: Gaza on tenterhooks after 55 die in protests over US embassy move

15 May, 02:40 PM

Israel faced widespread condemnation on Monday after its forces killed at least 55 Palestinians in Gaza during protests coinciding with the opening of the US embassy in Jerusalem.

Many countries including Britain, France and Russia had already slammed the US decision to move the embassy, while 128 nations have backed a UN resolution condemning Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The US came to the defence of its ally on Monday, blaming Hamas for the violence and blocking a resolution at the UN calling for an international investigation, according to diplomats.

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