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Palestinian killed in anti-US protests after UN vote on Jerusalem: Health official

Reuters , Friday 22 Dec 2017
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Israeli border police arrest a Palestinian protester during a protest against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, near the Jewish settlement of Beit El, near the West Bank city of Ramallah December 22, 2017 (Photo: Reuters)
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 Palestinians launched more anti-U.S. protests on Friday, and at least one demonstrator was killed in the Gaza Strip, a health official said, after the U.N. General Assembly rejected Washington's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Smoke billowed from burning tyres at a demonstration in Bethlehem, in the occupied West Bank, two days before Christmas celebrations in the biblical town.

Israeli gunfire killed a 24-year-old Palestinian and wounded 10 other protesters during a stone-throwing demonstration in the southern Gaza Strip, a spokesman for the Palestinian Health Ministry there said. The Israeli military said it was checking the report.

One of the wounded, part of a crowd that approached the border fence chanting that U.S. President Donald Trump was a "fool" and a "coward", was dressed as Santa Claus, witnesses said.

Protests erupted in all of the West Bank's seven cities and in East Jerusalem. Health officials said at least five Palestinians were wounded by rubber bullets fired by Israeli security forces, who also used tear gas.

Defying the United States on Thursday, the U.N. General Assembly approved a resolution calling for the United States to drop its Dec. 6 recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, in a Christmas message, condemned Trump's reversal of a decades-old U.S. policy on Jerusalem "an insult to millions of people worldwide, and also to the city of Bethlehem".

Palestinians have protested daily since Trump’s Jerusalem announcement, throwing stones at Israeli security forces.

Friday's death in Gaza raised to nine the number of Palestinians killed by Israeli gunfire during the demonstrations, Palestinian health officials said, and dozens have been wounded.

Amnesty International on Friday called on Israeli authorities to stop using "excessive force".

"The fact that live ammunition has been used during protests in Gaza and the West Bank is particularly shocking," it said.
 

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