44 Palestinians Taken to Hospitals From Clashes With Israeli Forces in West Bank, Gaza

Violent protests mark seventh day of rage since Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital

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A Palestinian protester kicks a flaming tire during clashes with Israeli forces in the West Bank city of Ramallah, December 11, 2017.
A Palestinian protester kicks a flaming tire during clashes with Israeli forces in the West Bank city of Ramallah, December 11, 2017.Credit: ABBAS MOMANI/AFP
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Jack Khoury

Fourty-four Palestinians were wounded during clashes with Israeli forces in the West Bank and Gaza Strip and taken to hospitals on Wednesday, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent emergency responders. An additional 311 were treated in the field.

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The casualties occured on the seventh consecutive day of protests following the Trump administration's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital. The Palestinians were wounded in the northern Gaza Strip, Gaza City, Bureij refugee camp and the cities of Jabaliya, Khan Yunis and Rafah.

Demonstrations erupted in Hebron and its surroundings, in Ramallah, Bethlehem and Qalqilyah in a continuation of the protests following U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital six days ago.

The Red Crescent said eight Palestinians had been shot with live fire and nine with rubber bullets in the refugee camp of Al Arroub, the town of Beit Omer and Halhoul, north of Hebron. Four others were injured from tear gas inhalation, and one was wounded by a stone thrown by a settler, said the Palestinian Authority’s Health Ministry.

Also on Wednesday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas told representatives of the Islamic-majority states, meeting in Turkey, that the nations of the world must “reconsider their recognition of Israel over its conduct toward Palestinians and its dismissal of decisions by the international community, with the backing of the United States.”

Speaking at a meeting in Istanbul of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, which represents 57 countries, Abbas said, “Israel cannot be treated as though nothing happened.” He called on foreign countries to pressure Israel by expressing their opposition to its actions in their bilateral agreements and dealings.

“Decisions have to be made, to force Israel to implement international law,” Abbas said, vowing to petition the UN Security Council to recognize the state of Palestine within the post-1967 borders.

“Trump gave Jerusalem to the Zionist movement as if it as an American city, but for the first time the entire world stood against him, even Britain, Canada and Australia,” Abbas adding, calling Trump’s announcement a violation of international law and UN resolutions.

He said Saudi Arabia’s King Salman told him there could be no peace without a Palestinian state with East Jerusalem as its capital, noting that King Salman had said the same thing to the Saudi advisory council earlier that day.

Abbas also warned that Trump’s declaration will lead radical organizations to turn the struggle into a religious one. “Al Quds [the Arabic name for Jerusalem] was and always will be the capital of the state of Palestine, the jewel in the Palestinian crown.” There will be no peace and no stability for the region until Jerusalem is recognized as the capital of Palestine, he said.

On Tuesday more than 20 Palestinians were injured by live fire, rubber bullets and tear gas inhalation in the West Bank and Gaza.

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