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Israeli army kills 52 Palestinians in Gaza protests, over 2,400 injured

Gaza/Jerusalem, May 14 (efe-epa).- At least 52 Palestinians were killed and over 2,410 others injured on Monday by the Israeli army, which continued to fire on mass demonstrations along the Gaza-Israel boundary protesting the United States embassy's move to Jerusalem, according to the Palestinian Ministry of Health.

Six minors were killed by Israel, including a 14-year-old boy, and 200 minors were wounded, while at least 30 injured protesters were in critical condition.

More than 918 protesters were wounded by live ammunition, and the Ministry of Health said shots were fired at journalists and medical personnel, with one paramedic killed and two injured.

At least 35,000 Palestinians demonstrated Monday at different locations along the Gaza-Israel boundary, according to the Israeli army's official Twitter.

Since the March of Return demonstrations in Gaza began Mar. 30, over 100 people have been killed by Israeli forces and more than 11,000 have been injured, including Monday's casualties.

Palestinian health authorities have asked Egypt to send medical teams and emergency supplies to hospitals in the Gaza Strip, and have also requested that wounded people be allowed to leave the besieged enclave for treatment in specialized centers in Egypt.

Israeli airstrikes on Monday hit five training sites belonging to the Islamist movement Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, and shelled two other Hamas positions.

"The strike was conducted in response to the violent acts carried out by Hamas over the last few hours along the security fence," the army said in a statement.

Earlier in the day, witnesses told EFE that several Palestinians managed to get through the security fence and that tens or hundreds were crossing into Israeli territory.

In the West Bank, some 3,000 Palestinians marched from Yasser Arafat Square in Ramallah to Qalandiya checkpoint, which separates Ramallah from Jerusalem.

Demonstrations and general strikes were planned to protest the US embassy's relocation from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, which many consider in contravention of the international consensus not to recognize the city as Israel's capital until its status is established through negotiations.

Palestinians see East Jerusalem, which was occupied by Israel during the 1967 Six Day War and later annexed in 1980, as the capital of their future state.

The timing of the embassy move has also been slammed, as it is being held on Israel's Independence Day, one day ahead of Nakba Day ("Day of the Catastrophe"), which this year marks the 70th anniversary of Israel's creation and the subsequent displacement of over 700,000 Palestinian refugees.

The UN estimates that, of the Gaza Strip's nearly 2 million inhabitants, two out of every three are refugees or their descendants.

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