At least 52 Palestinians have been killed and more than 1,200 injured in clashes with the Israeli military on the Gaza border Monday, local health monitors have told The Associated Press. The violence comes as the United States officially moves its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem — which both Israelis and Palestinians claim as their capital — and ahead of the May 15 "Great March of Return," honoring 700,000 Palestinians who left or were expelled from their homes due to Israel's 1948 Declaration of Independence.
Monday's casualties alone have exceeded the total from the past six weeks of protest, during which Israeli snipers killed 49 Palestinians, The Washington Post reports. The eruption of violence makes Monday the deadliest day in the region since the 2014 Israel-Gaza war, when thousands of Gazans and dozens of Israeli soldiers were killed.
Some 50 miles away from the violence, Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin celebrated the embassy's move.