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GAZA CITY, Gaza Strip (AP) -  Israeli live fire has killed at least 18 Palestinians during mass protests along the Gaza border with Israel, in a violent burst of bloodshed that cast a cloud over Israel's festive inauguration of the new U.S. Embassy in contested Jerusalem. It was the deadliest single day of protests since the Palestinians began staging weekly border demonstrations on March 30 in an attempt to break an Israeli-Egyptian blockade.    

Israel has warned Gaza residents they will be risking their lives if they approach the border during a planned mass protest.
    
The army says in the leaflets dropped by jets Monday that it will "act against every attempt to damage the security fence or harm IDF soldiers or Israeli civilians."
    
Gaza's ruling Hamas says it expects tens of thousands to join Monday's march, suggesting a possible border breach. The march is part of a campaign to break Gaza's decade-old border blockade. It's also a protest against the inauguration Monday of a U.S. Embassy in contested Jerusalem.
    
Since March, 42 Palestinian protesters have been killed and more than 1,800 wounded by Israeli army fire.
    
With Israel and Hamas digging in, there has been concern about large numbers of casualties Monday.
    

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