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Thousands of Palestinians protest Israel occupation and Trump decision on Jerusalem; dozens injured

Reuters , Ahram Online , Thursday 7 Dec 2017
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Palestinians clash with Israeli troops during a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017.(AP)
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"The number of injured Palestinians continues to climb on Thursday as clashes with Israeli forces continue to escalate across the occupied West Bank, East Jerusalem, and Gaza Strip, in response to U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel," the Palestinian mnews agency Ma'an reported.

The Palestinian Ministry of Health and a spokesperson for the Palestinian Red Crescent, there are upward of 50 injuries in total, nine of which are injuries with live ammunition, Ma'an said.

According to the agency, in Gaza, four Palestinians from the southern district of Khan Younis were injured with live ammunition, and one Palestinian from northeastern Gaza was injured.

In the occupied West Bank city of Bethlehem, medics told Ma’an that at least three Palestinians were injured with rubber-coated steel bullets while two, including a young boy, were treated for severe tear-gas inhalation.

In the Kafr Qaddum town of the Qalqiliya district in the northern West Bank, five injuries were reported, four of which are tear-gas related, and one with a rubber-coated steel bullet.

In Hebron city, clashes erupted following a march in the city. Israeli forces raided the city, firing tear gas and chasing down dozens of Palestinian youths who were throwing stones.

Thousands of demonstrators in Hebron and Bireh had rallied with chants of "Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Palestine", witnesses said. Some Palestinians threw stones at soldiers.

Palestinian authorities had called a general strike in protest at U.S. President Donald Trump's announcement about Jerusalem on Wednesday.

Thousands of Palestinians are expected to hold rallies again tomorrow after Friday prayers in a "Day of Rage."

Member of armed groups including from Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas's Fatah faction, appeared at a news conference in Gaza, their faces hidden by masks and called for a resumption of armed resistance in the West Bank.

 

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