Protesters continue demonstrations over Trump’s al-Quds decision 1 (photo)
Publish date : Saturday 23 December 2017 14:35
Hundreds of Gaza youths threw stones at Israeli forces east of Khan Younis. Eleven were shot and injured, and one was critically injured after he tried to cut the fence and throw stones at the soldiers.
A number of protesters suffered breathing difficulties, red eyes and wheezing after Israeli forces hurled tear gas canisters to disperse the crowd.
The Palestine Red Crescent Society reported that two young men were wounded by live bullets, while another was severely beaten by Israeli troopers.
Palestinian demonstrators also engaged in skirmishes with Israeli forces in the town of Silat ad-Dhahr, located 22 kilometers southwest of Jenin.
Similar clashes broke out in other West Bank towns and cities, including Nablus, Salfit and Beita.
On Thursday, the United Nations General Assembly overwhelmingly voted in favor of a resolution that calls on the US to withdraw its controversial recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as Israeli “capital.”
In an attempt to avert the resolution, Trump had warned that “we’re watching,” threatening reprisals against countries that back the measure, which earlier faced a US veto at the UN Security Council.
Israel, however, rejected the world body’s resolution while thanking Trump for his decision to move US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem al-Quds.
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.