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Protests across Palestinian areas after Trump move

Jerusalem - Palestinians shuttered their schools and shops on Thursday to begin three "days of rage" over Trump's decision.

By AP

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Published: Fri 8 Dec 2017, 4:51 PM

Clashes between hundreds of Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops erupted across the West Bank on Thursday while demonstrators in Gaza burned posters of President Donald Trump and Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as Israeli and US flags.

The leader of the Hamas group, which runs Gaza, called for a new armed uprising in a widespread show of anger over Trump's move to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

In the West Bank, crowds of protesters set tires on fire and hurled stones at anti-riot troops. In Bethlehem, troops fired water cannons and tear gas to disperse a crowd, in clashes that could cloud the upcoming Christmas celebrations. In Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian government, protesters set tires on fire, sending a thick plume of black smoke over the city.

Trump's dramatic break on Wednesday with decades of US policy on Jerusalem counters long-standing international assurances to the Palestinians that the fate of the city will be determined in negotiations.

Palestinians shuttered their schools and shops on Thursday to begin three "days of rage" over Trump's decision. Rallies were underway in other West Bank cities, and a demonstration was being held outside the Damascus Gate of Jerusalem's Old City.

There were no serious casualties reported in Thursday's clashes. But Friday could provide an important test when Palestinians gather for prayers.

In the Gaza Strip, Hamas' leader Ismail Haniyeh called on Palestinians to launch a new uprising against Israel on Friday.

"The American decision is an aggression on our people and a war on our sanctuaries," Haniyeh said in a speech, urging supporters "to be ready for any orders".

"We want the uprising to last and continue to let Trump and the occupation regret this decision," he said.



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