Israeli troops and Palestinians clash in Trump protest

Hebron: Seventeen people have been wounded by Israeli army gunfire, as Palestinian protests erupt in the occupied West Bank and the Gaza Strip following the United States recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

On Thursday, in the West Bank cities of Hebron and Al-Bireh, thousands of demonstrators rallied with chants of "Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Palestine", witnesses said. Some Palestinians threw stones at soldiers.

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One protester was hit by live fire and another 14 by rubber bullets, medics said. A military spokeswoman said soldiers had used "riot-dispersal gear" against hundreds of rock-throwers.

In the Gaza Strip, dozens of protesters gathered near the border fence with Israel and threw rocks at soldiers on the other side. Two protesters were wounded by live fire, one was in a critical condition, medics said.

The Israeli military said on Thursday that two rockets launched at Israel from the Gaza Strip fell short inside the Palestinian enclave.

Sirens sounded in Israel at various locations around the northern Gaza Strip on a day of heightened tensions following demonstrations.


"Following the sirens that sounded in Hof Ashkelon and Sha'ar HaNegev regional councils in southern Israel earlier this evening, two launches from the Gaza Strip towards Israel were identified. No hits were confirmed in Israeli territory. Hits were confirmed within the Gaza Strip," an army statement said.

There was no initial claim of responsibility from any militant groups in the Gaza Strip. Israel often responds swiftly with air strikes and tank fire to militant rocket launchings from the territory.

Palestinian authorities called a general strike in protest at US President Donald Trump's announcement about Jerusalem on Wednesday.

Israel considers Jerusalem its eternal and indivisible capital.

Palestinians want the capital of an independent state of theirs to be in the city's eastern sector, which Israel captured in the 1967 Middle East war and annexed in a move never recognised internationally.

The reversal of decades of US policy has imperilled Middle East peace efforts and upset the Arab world and Western allies alike.

The decision marks the "worst and most dangerous" to come from any American administration, Lebanese Hezbollah's parliamentary bloc said on Thursday.