Jerusalem protests claim their first lives as two Palestinians are shot dead by Israeli soldiers during clashes over Trump’s plan to move US embassy

Friday, December 8, 2017
By Paul Martin

US President Donald Trump sparked fury by officially recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital on Wednesday
The Islamist group Hamas, which controls the Gaza Strip, has called for a new ‘intifada’ uprising against Israel
Violent clashes have taken place in West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza and two Palestinians have been shot dead
Muslims in Indonesia, Malaysia, Bangladesh, Turkey, India and Iran have staged protests during a ‘day of rage’

8 December 2017

Israeli soldiers have shot two Palestinians dead while hundreds more are injured after violent clashes erupted over Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Protesters launched stones at Israeli troops, who responded with tear gas and rubber bullets while huge crowds rallied outside Jerusalem’s Al Aqsa Mosque, a flashpoint site in the holy city.

This afternoon, officials named Mahmoud al-Masri, 30, as one of two Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in Gaza. The army confirmed it had shot two people along the border, accusing them of being ‘main instigators’ of ‘violent riots’.

More than 250 have been injured in the clashes, which erupted after Friday prayers. In the West Bank city of Ramallah, troops sent in a jeep armed with a multi-grenade tear gas launcher that rained projectiles down on masked protesters.

As demonstrations took place around the world today, protesters burnt effigies of Donald Trump in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia while hundreds rallied in the Iranian capital, Tehran, chanting ‘death to America’.

Thousands also marched in Turkey as well as in Afghanistan, Jordan, Pakistan, Somalia and Egypt, where campaigners vowed to ‘sacrifice our blood and souls for Palestine’.

Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said today that plans to move America’s embassy to Jerusalem are unlikely to be acted on for at least two years.

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