At least 176 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli live ammunition during clashes in protest at US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as the capital of Israel, Palestinian officials say.
On December 6, Trump announced his decision to recognize Jerusalem al-Quds as Israel’s capital and relocate the US embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to the occupied city.
The US president’s decision caused anger across the Arab and Muslim world and concern among Washington’s European allies as well as Russia. However, Israel welcomed it.
On Friday, hundreds of Palestinians clashed with Israeli soldiers in the besieged Gaza Strip and the occupied West Bank in protest at Trump’s decision.
Hundreds of Palestinians in Gaza approached the border fence with the occupied territories and threw stones at the Israeli soldiers who fired tear gas canisters to disperse them.
Some protesters threw stones and burned tires in a couple of cities in the West Bank. Israeli soldiers fired tear gas and threw stun grenades.
The Palestinian Health Ministry said a total of 176 protesters were injured during the Friday clashes in the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.
A total of 17 Palestinians have been killed since Trump’s announcement of his decision about the Jerusalem al-Quds.
The dramatic shift in Washington’s policy vis-à-vis the city triggered demonstrations in the occupied Palestinian territories, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria, Iraq, Morocco and other Muslim countries.
On December 21, the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly voted in favor of a resolution that called on the US to withdraw its controversial decision.
Funerals for two Palestinian teenagers
Meanwhile, Palestinians held separate funerals for two teenagers killed by Israeli soldiers on Thursday in the occupied West Bank and the besieged Gaza Strip.
Mourners at al-Maghazi refugee camp in the central Gaza Strip gathered to bury 16-year-old Amir Abdelhamid Abu Mousaed, who was shot dead during protests against Trump’s Jerusalem al-Quds move.
Spokesman for the Gaza Ministry of Health, Ashraf al-Qidra, said in a statement on Thursday evening that Abu Mousaed sustained grave gunshot wounds in the chest near the border fence east of al-Bureij camp and succumbed to his wounds after he was taken to al-Aqsa Martyrs hospital in Deir al-Balah city.
People in the occupied West Bank laid to rest 17-year-old Ali Omar Nimr Qino, who was killed after Israeli troopers opened fire on a group of Palestinian protesters in Burin village, southwest of Nablus.
Jerusalem al-Quds remains at the core of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, with Palestinians hoping that the eastern part of the city would eventually serve as the capital of a future independent Palestinian state.