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Palestinians protest Trump move on Jerusalem

AP  |  Jerusalem 

Hundreds of Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli troops across the West today while demonstrators in burned posters of President Donald Trump over his widely denounced decision to recogniSe as Israel's capital.

The leader of the Hamas militant group, which runs Gaza, called for a new armed uprising in a widespread show of anger, as the demonstrators torched American and Israeli flags.


In the West Bank, crowds of protesters set tires on fire and hurled stones at Israeli troops.

In Bethlehem, troops fired water cannons and tear gas to disperse a crowd, in clashes that could the upcoming Christmas celebrations in the town of Jesus' birth.

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 yesterday with decades of US policy on counters long-standing international assurances to the Palestinians that the fate of the city will be determined in negotiations.

The Palestinians seek Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem, captured by in 1967, as a

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

Rallies were underway in other West cities, and a demonstration was being held outside the Damascus Gate of Jerusalem's Old City.

"We are here. We believe in our rights," said Rania Hatem, a protester outside the Old City.

Palestinian officials said dozens of protesters were lightly wounded, most from tear gas inhalation. Friday, the Muslim holy day when Palestinians gather for weekly mass prayers, could prove more violent.

In the Strip, Hamas' leader Ismail Haniyeh called on Palestinians to launch a new intifada, or uprising, against 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.

Hamas, a group that seeks Israel's destruction, killed hundreds of Israelis in suicide bombings and other attacks in the early 2000s.

But the group's capabilities are more limited now. Gaza, Hamas' stronghold, is closed by an Israeli blockade, while in the West Bank, many of its members have been arrested. Nonetheless, it possesses a large arsenal of rockets in capable of striking much of

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First Published: Thu, December 07 2017. 21:50 IST
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