Violent protest underway in Gaza with reports of Molotov kite strike near Kibbutz Mefalsim

A large protest is underway in Gaza as the United States formally moved its embassy to Jerusalem on Monday.

According to a spokesman for the Israeli Defense Forces, “These are the biggest protests we have seen on the border with Gaza so far”:

#BREAKING: IDF Spox to @kann_news: “These are the biggest protests we have seen on the border with Gaza so far”; Palestinians report that “10 killed” pic.twitter.com/Bx6FPdw0Jo

— Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) May 14, 2018

And the protest has already turned violent:

BREAKING: Israeli forces thwart a Palestinian attempt to plant an explosive device on the Gaza-Israel border using today’s violent Hamas-led riots as cover; three individuals involved in the attempt have been shot and killed. (Channel 20)

— Avi Mayer (@AviMayer) May 14, 2018

To recap: 35,000 Palestinians are participating in violent Hamas-led riots on the Gaza-Israel border; they’re attacking Israeli servicemen with gunfire, Molotov cocktails, and rocks, and have set an Israeli field on fire; three attempted to plant a bomb; one Israeli wounded.

— Avi Mayer (@AviMayer) May 14, 2018

Photos:

GAZA STRIP BORDER – Clashes ahead of US Jerusalem embassy opening

📷 @saidkhatib @mohmdabed @MahmudHams #AFP pic.twitter.com/jfjUtresEn

— AFP Photo (@AFPphoto) May 14, 2018

There are reports of up to 28 dead in Gaza, but these are preliminary reports and may/will change:

Israeli forces kill 28 in Gaza protests as anger mounts over U.S. Embassy https://t.co/Ie0gU1S7zG

— Reuters Top News (@Reuters) May 14, 2018

A large fire near Kibbutz Mefalsim broke out after a successful Molotov kite attack near the Israel–Gaza border:

A large fire rages in fields near Kibbutz Mefalsim, near the Israel-Gaza border, after Palestinians dispatch kites carrying Molotov cocktails into Israeli territory as part of today’s violent Hamas-led riots. (via @bokeralmog) pic.twitter.com/kY4L5ksRc8

— Avi Mayer (@AviMayer) May 14, 2018

But an IDF drone took out another Molotov kite before it could do any damage:

#BREAKING video: An Israeli IDF drone intercepts a “Terror kite” with a Molotov cocktail flown from Gaza pic.twitter.com/xtANVXy0Md

— Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) May 14, 2018

The IDF also conducted an airstrike against a Hamas outpost:

#BREAKING: reports: Israeli airstrike in #Gaza targeting a Hamas outpost moments ago pic.twitter.com/XGEbxTRGoV

— Amichai Stein (@AmichaiStein1) May 14, 2018

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