Palestinian protesters carry a injured man shot by Israeli troops under protest at Gaza Strip's border with Israel, Monday, May 1
ZEITOUN, Gaza Strip Israeli soldiers killed Monday 18 Palestinians who demonstrated along the border strike and injured 918 on the bloodiest day of protests since they began six weeks ago, according to Gaza's Ministry of Health.
Thousands of Palestinians gathered at the edges of Gaza when the United States embassy opened in Jerusalem and found out the fence in what turned out to be some of the biggest demonstrations yet.
At a gathering place east of Gaza, the organizers invited protesters to blow through the fence and tell Israeli soldiers to fly their positions, even when they strengthened them.
On the barrier young men threw stones and tried to start kites with flames hoping to burn crops on the other side.
"People have come out of the walls to say we will not forget our rights" Yousef Abu Saleh, 25. "The US administration assumes Israeli history and steal our right to return."
Israel released brochures that urged the Palestinians to stay away from the fence.
"Save your lives and work on building your terms," said it.
Far from the fence, the food stalls sold snacks, sandwiches and juices, while loud music played in a strange carnival atmosphere.
While some said that they would follow official calls to keep the demonstrations peaceful, others spoke of their enthusiasm to break into Israel and to be devastating.
"We are excited to storm and come in," said Mohammed Mansoura, 23, When asked what he would do in Israel, he said, "It is possible to kill, throw stones."
Another young man, Khamis, carried a big knife and said he would "come in and kill."
Israeli soldiers used tear gas released from drones in an attempt to keep the growing crowd back.
Israel's defense Kraftar said that at least 10,000 people had gathered at 13 in 10 different places along the fence – twice as many as in the last weeks of protest. The military said it would "act vigorously against any terrorist activity".
Demonstrations are being planned over the Palestinian territories to protest against the US decision to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem and recognize the city as the capital of Israel, seen as a major blow to the Palestinian cause.
But they are expected to be greatest in Gaza, where six week's demonstrations called "Return of March" will reach a climax this week. Israel's carpenter has already killed nearly 50 Palestinians in the fate of the fence under Gaza's Ministry of Health and shot 2,240 more.
The ambition's movement has added extra friction for what was already a busy week. Scuffles broke out in Jerusalem's old town on Sunday as Israeli celebrated "reunion" of the city, an annexation that was not recognized internationally. The opening of the Embassy on Monday is followed by Nakba Day on Tuesday – when Palestinians mark the anniversary of mass expulsions and flights that shifted an estimated 700,000 people when Israel was founded 70 years ago.
This year, the organizers spread demonstrations in Gaza and the West Bank over two days to coincide with the opening of the embassy.
The result has been the unruly juxtaposition of a star-studded gala, including first daughter Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner in Jerusalem while the Palestinians prepare for demonstrations not far away. As guests sip wine in front of a scene in the background of American and Israeli flags on Sunday, the mosques in Gaza urged people to participate in protests.
The Israeli military says it will distribute another brigade of two soldiers on the edges of barricade strips, which doubles the number of forces. A second and third line of defense will be set up and reservists have been invited. An additional brigade will be deposited on the occupied West Bank.
In Jerusalem, protests are being planned at the same time as the opening of the embassy, with one in an Arab area just a few blocks away. More than 1,000 police officers work with the US embassy to coordinate the security of Monday's event, said a police spokesman.
Hamas has cast its weight behind demonstrations in Gaza, which has declined the Palestinian frustration with its leadership as a resident of the blocked 140-square-kilometer territorial struggle to end.
More than 70 percent of Palestinians living in Gaza are refugees or followers of refugees from areas in Israel, and the demonstrations have accrued to their UN-approved right of return.
"Our people have the right to break the walls of this great prison," said Hamas leader in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, in a meeting with foreign journalists on Sunday. "We went out to tap the prison wall and explain clearly that we will not accept to die slowly."
Israel's forces resigned from Gaza in 2005, despite the fact that the UN still classifies it occupied because of the level of control of Israel, which limits the mobility of people and goods. Egypt has also only sporadically opened its border.
Israel says that Hamas uses demonstrations as a protection to carry out attacks, and points out that some of the killed are known militants.
The death penalty for recent demonstrations has shrunk, with a Palestinian killed on Friday and no deaths in the previous week.
Hospitals in Gaza are preparing for bloodshed, setting up tents with extra beds outside.
On Saturday protesters burned the main terminal to Gaza and caused $ 2.8 million in damage and further choking of consumption.