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The opening of the new US embassy in the contested city of Jerusalem on Monday has brought simultaneous cheers and jeers from different quarters. President Donald Trump delivered a message via video-link to the ceremony that was attended by Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner. The opening coincided with the 70th anniversary of Israel's independence and was hailed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu as a "glorious day". 

The move makes good on a controversial Trump campaign promise to relocate the embassy from Tel Aviv to the Holy City, which is also claimed by Palestinians. Critics, including Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, have accused the United States of taking sides in the ongoing conflict. 

Roughly 25km from the embassy, Palestinian protesters were fired upon by Israeli security forces at the border. At least 60 were killed and thousands more injured, making it the bloodiest single day for Palestinians since the 2014 Gaza conflict.