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At least 58 Palestinians killed in protests ahead of embassy opening

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Palestinian protesters carrying the injured. Photo: Mustafa Hassona/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

Israeli troops fired at hundreds of Palestinian protesters near the Gaza border on Monday, killing at least 58 people and injuring thousands of others, ahead of the opening of the U.S. Jerusalem embassy, reports Haaretz. Gaza health officials are continuing to update the numbered fatalities.

The big picture: This is now the bloodiest day in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict since 2014. Protesters have been setting tires on fire and throwing stones at troops in the West Bank, drawing live fire from Israeli forces. Hamas leaders have said they believe a border breach is possible Monday, and "Israel has warned it would prevent protesters from breaking through the barrier at any cost," reports the AP.