Five Palestinians Reported Seriously Hurt in Clashes With Israeli Troops in West Bank, Gaza

This is the fourth week of clashes between Palestinians and Israeli forces following Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Palestinian protestors clash with Israeli security forces following the weekly Muslim Friday prayers in the West Bank city of Ramallah on December 29, 2017.
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Approximately 4,000 Palestinians took part in clashes with Israeli security forces in the West Bank and along the Gaza border on Friday. According to Palestinian reports, five protesters were seriously hurt.

It is the fourth consecutive week of clashes following U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital city.

Some 2,000 protestors engaged Israeli soldiers at 20 locations throughout the West Bank, including Ramallah, Hebron, Nablus and Bethlehem. Protestors threw rocks and fire bombs while security forces responded by means of riot dispersal. One Palestinian was reported to be in critical condition after being wounded by live gunfire.

Palestinian protesters molotov cocktails towards Israeli security forces during clashes in the West Bank city of Ramallah on December 29, 2017.
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Approximately 2,000 Palestinians took part in protests along the Gaza border. Dozens of Palestinian were wounded in clashes at nine points along the border fence, with four reported to be in critical condition. The Israel Defense Forces said that it had fired toward four Palestinians who tried to cross the border into Israel.

Earlier on Friday three rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip toward southern Israel on Friday. Israel's Iron dome missile defense system intercepted two of the rockets, while the third hit a building in the regional council of Shaar Hanegev. No casualties were reported.

Palestinians in Gaza carry a wounded protester, December 29, 2017.
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In response, the Israeli army struck two Hamas positions in the northern Gaza Strip by tank and aircraft. 

Protests in the southern West Bank town of Huwara, December 29, 2017.
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