WATCH: Israeli troops clash with Palestinian protesters in West Bank

By REUTERS
December 7, 2017 15:43

Chants of "Jerusalem is the capital of the State of Palestine," accompanied the protests.

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Israeli troops clash with Palestinian protesters in West Bank (Reuters)

Israeli troops clash with Palestinian protesters in West Bank (Reuters)

HEBRON - Seventeen people were wounded by Israeli army gunfire, medics said, when Palestinian protests erupted in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip on Thursday after the United States recognized Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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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The IDF later confirmed Palestinians protested by throwing stones and Molotov cocktails and burning tires.

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.

The IDF later confirmed 30 riots taking place across the West Bank with the largest being in Qalandiya, Rachel’s Tomb and the center of Ramallah.

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.

An Israeli military spokeswoman had no immediate comment.

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

-Anna Ahronheim contributed to this report.


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