Day of Rage

Fresh Clashes Between Palestinian, Israeli Forces Erupt Over Trump's Jerusalem Decision

Eighty reported hurt in third day of clashes in East Jerusalem, West Bank and Gaza ■ Two Hamas militants were killed overnight Friday in retaliation airstrikes after rockets launched from Gaza

Palestinian protestors clash with Israeli forces near an Israeli checkpoint in the West Bank town of Bethlehem on December 9, 2017.
Musa Al Shaer / AFP

Clashes have erupted for the third day running between Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers following U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

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At least 140 Palestinians were hurt in clashes in East Jerusalem and the West Bank, Palestinians claimed; four Israeli officers were hurt during clashes in East Jerusalem, the Israeli police said. Meanwhile, over 20 were hurt in the Gaza Strip, local medical sources said.

Palestinians look at the damage at a Hamas military facility early on December 9, 2017, in the aftermath of an Israeli air strike in Beit Lahia, in the northern Gaza Strip.
Mahmud Hams / AFP

Violent protests broke out Saturday in over 20 sites in the West Bank, including Tul Karm and Rachel's Tomb in Bethlehem, with approximately 600 Palestinians burning tires and throwing rocks as well as Molotov cocktails at Israel Defense Forces and border police.

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The IDF has responded using dispersion tactics and arrested one individual. According to the Red Crescent, 18 Palestinians were wounded by rubber bullets and over 107 from tear gas.

About 450 Palestinian protested in over five different locations along the Gaza border, they were also burning tires and throwing rocks at IDF forces on Saturday. Israeli forces reportedly responded by firing rubber bullets, and, according to Palestinians, with live rounds as well.

Protests were held in Ramallah, Hebron and the Israeli Bedouin city of Rahat on Saturday, as well as in Jerusalem. Jerusalem's police said it will not allow civilians or security forces to be harmed.

Violence spilled over into Israel, with medics report that a bus traveling to Tel Aviv was hit with rocks as it passed through Wadi Ara, a valley of mostly Arab communities in northern Israel. At least three Jewish Israelis were lightly hurt in the incident and the bus's windshield was destroyed.

Overnight Friday, two Hamas militants were killed in an Israeli airstrike after three rockets were launched from Gaza, one of which landed in the southern Israeli town of Sderot.

On Friday, two Palestinians in Gaza were killed in protests that took place along the Gaza-Israel border. At least a further 98 were wounded in protests that took place throughout the West Bank and the Gaza Strip.

Fifteen casualties were reported in Israel's airstrike on Hamas targets in the Gaza Strip on Friday night. Two militants belonging to Hamas' military wing were killed in the strike.

The airstrike was carried out after three rockets were launched at Israel from the Gaza Strip. One rocket landed in the Israeli town of Sderot. No casualties were sustained. Another rocket was intercepted by Israel's Iron Dome missile defense system. A third landed in the Gaza Strip.