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The violence could deepen Tuesday, when Palestinians mark what they call the "Nakba," or Catastrophe, in memory of the more than 700,000 Palestinians who were either driven from or fled their homes during the Arab-Israeli war that accompanied the creation of the state of Israel in 1948.

On Monday, which marked the 70th anniversary of the founding of the state of Israel, US and Israeli leaders hailed the embassy move as a sign of the enduring relationship between the two countries and of US trustworthiness. American officials said it could create an honest foundation for an eventual peace agreement between Israelis and Palestinians.

"Today, Jerusalem is the seat of Israel’s government. It is the home of the Israeli legislature and the Israeli supreme court and Israel’s Prime Minister and President. Israel is a sovereign nation with the right, like every other sovereign nation, to determine its own capital, yet for many years we failed to acknowledge the obvious, the plain reality that Israel’s capital is Jerusalem," Trump said in the prerecorded remarks.

But that hopeful vision made for a jarring juxtaposition with the climbing death toll in Gaza, televised images of Palestinians running from gunfire and the decision by the Pentagon and State Department to boost the Marine Corps presence at US embassies across the Middle East and Africa.

The celebratory air at the official opening ceremony in Jerusalem’s Arnona neighborhood also contrasted sharply with calls from international leaders who expressed alarm at the spike in violence and appealed for calm, with some US allies denouncing the US decision to break with international norms by moving the embassy.

France expressed its official disapproval. South Africa pulled its envoy from Tel Aviv, while Turkey pulled its ambassadors from both Washington and Tel Aviv. President Recep Tayyip Erdogan told an audience in London that the US prefers "to become part of the problem rather than the solution" and that it "has lost its role as mediator in the Middle East peace process." Calls for calm

Saudi Arabia, a close ally of the Trump administration, expressed "strong condemnation" of Israel’s use of force against Palestinian civilians, the official Saudi press agency said. Queen Rania of Jordan, another close US ally, tweeted that it was "a dark and sad day in history, marked with more Palestinian sacrifices."

The UN secretary-general, Antonio Guterres, was "profoundly alarmed by the sharp escalation of violence in the occupied Palestinian territory and the high number of Palestinians killed and injured in the Gaza protests," said his deputy spokesman Farhan Haq.

The UK’s Middle East minister, Alistair Burt, said that "we will not waver from our support for Israel’s right to defend its borders. But the large volume of live fire is extremely concerning." He said, "We continue to implore Israel to show greater restraint." He also said that "the UK supports the Palestinians’ right to protest, but these protests must be peaceful."

"The responsibility for these tragic deaths rests squarely with Hamas," White House deputy press secretary Raj Shah told reporters at the White House. "Hamas is intentionally and cynically provoking this response and as the secretary of state said, Israel has a right to defend itself."

When asked about the contrast between rock-wielding Palestinians and armed Israel Defense Forces firing on them, Shah said, "This is a propaganda attempt. I think the Israeli government has spent weeks trying to handle this without violence."

At the ceremony Monday, politicians and dignitaries — including Ivanka Trump and her husband, Jared Kushner, — watched as US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin unveiled the US seal, turning what was formally the consulate building into the embassy.