25 Palestinians Wounded as Israeli Forces Clash With Protesters in East Jerusalem, Gaza

Five shot with live fire near Gaza border, 20 wounded in East Jerusalem in tenth day of clashes following Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital

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Israeli security forces detain a man in Jerusalem's Old City on December 15, 2017.
Israeli security forces detain a man in Jerusalem's Old City on December 15, 2017.Credit: Thomas Coex / AFP
Nir Hasson
Nir Hasson

Twenty Palestinians were wounded in East Jerusalem on Saturday as Israeli security forces clashed with demonstrators protesting against U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Another five Palestinians were shot with live fire in clashes with Israeli forces near the border with the Gaza Strip, according to the Palestinian Authority's Health Ministry. Twenty additional Palestinians were treated for gas inhalation, the ministry said.

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This is the tenth day of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces in wake of Trump's declaration. 

Fourteen Palestinians were arrested overnight for firing flares and throwing stones and Molotov cocktails at Israeli forces in East Jerusalem. Those active in the clashes were identified, arrested and taken for questioning at police headquarters.

One of those arrested is also suspected of damaging a Hanukkah menorah in Jerusalem's Old City.

Five Palestinians were wounded near the Gaza border by live fire. An additional twenty were injured from inhaling tear gas, and were treated in the field.

On Friday, three Palestinians were killed and 260 were wounded in clashes with Israeli security forces in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and on the Gaza border, according to the Palestinian health ministry. 

The Israel Defense Forces said that 3,500 Palestinians took part in protests in nine sites across the Gaza border, torching tires and throwing stones. Another 2,500 took part in protests across the West Bank, torching tires, throwing stones and hurling firebombs at IDF and Border Police forces. Meanwhile, thousands of Israeli Arabs held a protest in the northern city of Sakhnin. 

Also on Friday, a Palestinian stabbed an Israeli Border Police officer near Ramallah before being shot and killed.

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