Deputy White House Press Secretary Raj Shah placed the blame for deaths along the border between Israel and Gaza on Hamas, while speaking to the media in Washington DC on Monday about the US Embassy move to Jerusalem.
“The responsibility for these tragic deaths rests squarely with Hamas. Hamas is intentionally and cynically provoking this response, and as the Secretary of State said, Israel has the right to defend itself,” Shah said.
Shah continued that “Today is a great day for Israel and the United States and a reminder to everyone that when President Trump makes a promise, he keeps it.”
The Palestinian Health Ministry says at least 55 people were killed by Israeli fire during the protests, while just over 2,400 people were injured.
The Trump administration held a ceremony for the opening of the new US embassy in Jerusalem on Monday.
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