Clashes Between Israeli Forces and Palestinian Protesters Erupt

On Friday, over two dozen Palestinians had been wounded by early afternoon in skirmishes with Israeli defense forces in Jerusalem’s Old City, Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

Thousands of Palestinians were in the streets Friday for the second “Day of Rage” following the decision by United State President Donald Trump to recognize the city of Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel.

Twenty-one Palestinians were wounded at protests by IDF’s rubber bullets in the West Bank, reported the Red Crescent. One person was also reported to be wounded by live fire.

In protests held on the border of Israel and Gaza, five Palestinians were wounded with the use of live fire, and one is reportedly in critical condition.

An estimated 3,000 protesters were taking part in West Bank demonstrations, including in cities such as Bethlehem, Hebron and Ramallah.

Protesters threw Molotov cocktails as well as rocks at the Israeli defense forces, in turn the IDF responded with tear gas, rubber bullets and live fire. Many of the protesters have had to be treated for tear gas.

Hundreds of protesters on the Gaza Strip were in six different places throwing rocks and burning tires. Israeli forces in turn responded with measures for riot control as well as with live ammunition.

Several protesters were arrested in Damascus Gate in Jerusalem, where clashes between the Palestinian worshippers and Israeli police began.

Tens of thousands of worshippers in Jerusalem peacefully exited the Temple Mount plaza and Al-Aqsa Mosque following Friday afternoon prayers.

The confrontations between Israeli forces and worshippers were expected.

A Day of Rage by Palestinians was held Thursday in response to the decision by Trump to recognize Jerusalem as the official capital of Israel. In those protests on Thursday, 22 protesters suffered injuries in East Jerusalem, Gaza and the West Bank.

More protests were carried out in other Israeli towns around the country including Kalansaua and Umm al-Fahm.

During midday prayers on Friday, thousands of worshippers who were Muslim took to the streets in Indonesia, Egypt and Jordan in protest of the recognition of the Israeli capital of Jerusalem by President Trump.

The protests are expected to last through the weekend in the area of the West Bank, Gaza and different parts of Jerusalem as Palestinians are calling for more protests that have included burning the American flag and photos of President Trump.

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