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Israeli gunfire injures dozens
December 08, 2017
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GAZA: A wave of protest in the West Bank and Gaza on Thursday brought clashes between Palestinians and Israeli troops after US President Donald Trump’s recognition of occupied Jerusalem as its capital.

Palestinian factions also called for a “Day of Rage” on Friday.

At least 31 people were wounded by Israeli gunfire and rubber bullets, medics said.

The Israeli military said it was reinforcing troops in the occupied West Bank. Medics said 11 people had been hit by live bullets and 20 by rubber bullets in the Thursday unrest.

One was in a critical condition. Some protesters threw rocks at soldiers and others chanted: “Death to America! Death to the fool Trump!”

Hamas urged Palestinians on Thursday to abandon peace efforts and launch a new uprising against Israel.

“We should call for and we should work on launching an intifada (Palestinian uprising) in the face of the Zionist enemy,” Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh said in a speech in Gaza.

On Friday’s “Day of Rage,” rallies and protests are expected near Israeli-controlled checkpoints in the West Bank and along the border with Gaza.

Friday prayers at the Muslim shrine of Al Aqsa mosque in occupied Jerusalem could also be a flashpoint.

Naser Al Qidwa, an aide to Western-backed Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas and senior official in his Fatah party, urged Palestinians to stage protests but said they should be peaceful.

Abbas on Thursday met Jordan’s King Abdullah.

Jordan dismissed Trump’s move as “legally null.”

Palestinian news agency Wafa said Abbas updated the king on “the imminent dangers in light of the decision by US President Donald Trump to recognise occupied Jerusalem as the capital of the occupation state, and the mechanism of future steps to protect the holy city.”

The United Nations Security Council is likely to meet on Friday to discuss the US decision, diplomats said.

Abbas said on Wednesday the United States had abdicated its role as a mediator in peace efforts.

“The president has directed me and the State Department to undertake the process to begin an effort to move the embassy,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in Vienna.

“This is not something that will happen overnight.”

Haniyeh called on Abbas to withdraw from peacemaking with Israel and on Arabs to boycott the Trump administration.

“We have given instruction to all Hamas members and to all its wings to be fully ready for any new instructions or orders that may be given to confront this strategic danger that threatens (occupied) Jerusalem and threatens Palestine,” Haniyeh said.

Reuters

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