A wounded Palestinian demonstrator dressed as Santa Claus is evacuated during clashes with Israeli troops, at a protest as Palestinians call for a "Day of Rage" in response to US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, near the border with Israel in the southern Gaza .
(photo credit: REUTERS/IBRAHEEM ABU MUSTAFA)
No major clashes were reported on Saturday, after thousands took to the streets of the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip, where one day earlier two Palestinians were killed.
Palestinians launched more anti-US protests on Friday, after the UN General Assembly rejected Washington’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Two Palestinians were said to have been killed by Israeli fire during the Friday clashes, and another 20 were reported wounded.
One of the dead was identified by the Palestinian Health Ministry as 24-year-old Zakaria Al-Kafarneh.
Palestinian media reports said the second death was that of Muhammad Nabil Muhaisen, 29.
Muhammad Abu Hajar, who was dressed as Santa Claus, was listed among the wounded and was said to have been shot during clashes near the town of Abasan al-Jadida, east of Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip.
Violence broke out in an area east of Gaza City and in the vicinity of Beit Hanun in the northern Gaza Strip, where about 2,000 protesters had gathered along the border fence.
Meanwhile, some 1,700 Palestinians also clashed with Israeli security forces across the West Bank on Friday.
According to the IDF, the confrontations broke out following the conclusion of Friday prayers near Rachel’s Tomb, in Bethlehem, Nabi Saleh, Beit Umar, Al-Arroub, and at the entrance to Ramallah.
In those demonstrations, Palestinians threw Molotov cocktails and rocks at soldiers and at Border Police officers who responded with various riot-dispersal methods. Six demonstrators were reported to be injured.
In Jerusalem, after Friday prayers, three Turkish tourists were arrested, a police spokesman told Reuters. He did not elaborate on the circumstances The Turkish Consulate in Jerusalem had no immediate comment.
Reuters contributed to this story.
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