WATCH: Palestinian protesters face off against Israeli troops in Bethlehem

Israeli security forces confronted Palestinian protesters angered over the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

December 9, 2017 11:58
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Clashes erupt in Bethlehem over Trump's Jerusalem move (Reuters)

Clashes erupt in Bethlehem over Trump's Jerusalem move (Reuters)

Palestinian protesters in the city of Bethlehem are currently demonstrating against the recent US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel. The protesters are facing off against Israeli soldiers determined to prevent the rallies from escalating into riots. 

Similar protests have taken place in around 20 flashpoints across Jerusalem, the West Bank and along the Israel-Gaza border.

The Saturday protests follow similar clashes in the West Bank that took place on Friday between Israeli security forces and Palestinian demonstrators angered by the recent decision by US President Donald Trump to move the American capital to Jerusalem.   Earlier on Saturday, a social media account supportive of Hamas claimed Israeli security forces had fired rubber bullets and used tear gas against protestors.

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An IDF airstrike on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip, which took place after a Hamas rocket attack on Israel during Friday night, killed two Hamas militants. The two men belonged to Hamas's armed wing, the al-Qassam Brigades.

According to a statement released by Hamas, the two dead militants were identified as Shahid Muhammad al-Safadi, 29, from the al-Daraj neighborhood, and Shahid Mahmud al-Attal, 28, from Sheikh Radwan.

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