Clashes Reported in West Bank as Palestinians March Against Trump's Jerusalem Decision

Clashes in Nabi Saleh saw two Palestinians hurt from rubber bullets and dozens from tear gas inhalation; protesters also demonstrated against ongoing arrest of teen Ahed Tamimi

Palestinian demonstrators run as tear gas is fired by Israeli troops during clashes in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, near Ramallah January 13, 2018.
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Clashes were reported Saturday in the Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh in the West Bank. At least two people were hurt from rubber bullet fire by the Israeli army, Palestinians claimed, saying dozens suffered from tear gas inhalation.

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The clashes took place as Palestinians marched in protest of U.S. President Donald Trump's decision last month to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital as well as in support of Palestinian teen Ahed Tamimi, currently under arrest for slapping an Israeli soldier in an incident that was recorded on video and has garnered international attention. Protesters also called for Palestinians being held in Israeli prisons to be released.

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On Friday, at least 47 Palestinians were injured moderately and lightly by live fire and rubber bullets in clashes with the Israeli military in the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip, the Palestinian health ministry said. Palestinians report that 129 Palestinians were injured as a result of smoke and gas inhalation. Overall, 176 people were injured.

According to the Red Crescent, clashes took place in the Al-Bireh region near Jerusalem, as well as in Ramallah, Bethlehem, Qalqilyah, Jericho, Nabuls and in the center of the Gaza Strip.

Israeli soldiers tackle Palestinian protesters in the West Bank, January 12, 2018.
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The Palestinians were also protesting against Trump's December announcement recognizing Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

On Thursday, two Palestinian teenagers were killed in clashes with Israeli security forces, one on the border with the Gaza Strip and the other in the West Bank, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

Palestinian protesters clash with Israeli security forces on the eastern outskirts of Gaza City, near the border with Israel, on January 12, 2018.
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