Three Palestinians were wounded Wednesday by live Israeli fire near Ramallah in a protest against the Middle East peace plan unveiled by U.S. President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday.
According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, one man was shot in the chest and two others in the limbs. The three of them are in stable condition.
An total of 41 Palestinians were wounded in protests against the blueprint throughout the West Bank, mostly from tear gas inhalation. One protester was evacuated to a Nablus hospital after sustaining a rubber bullet to the head.
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Workers' unions in Bethlehem announced a general strike, starting at noon on Wednesday.
Palestinians of all political factions have unequivocally rejected the blueprint, which has been dubbed "The Deal of the Century." In an address Tuesday, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said: "Trump, Jerusalem is not for sale. Our rights are not for sale. Your conspiracy deal will not pass."
The blueprint offers a demilitarized Palestinian state composed of enclaves, with its capital being the village of Abu Dis, east of Jerusalem, behind the seperation barrier. According to the plan, Israel would annex West Bank settlements as well as the eastern border with Jordan, Jerusalem would be undivided and will be defined as the Israeli capital. In addition, Jews will also be allowed to pray on the Temple Mount, home to the al-Aqsa Mosque.
The plan also offers land swap at the western part of the Negev, so areas under Israeli control will be transferred to Palestinian control. In addition, the plan proposes a possible relocation of Arab communities in the so-called Triangle area to the Palestinian state.
The U.S. president said that his plan will solve the Palestinian issue of statehood and give Israel security, making it a "win-win" situation for both sides.
Later on Wednesday, the Israeli army announced it would bolster its forces in the West Bank and the Gaza division amid fears of violence following the unveiling of Trump's peace plan. Several patrol troops have already been sent to the West Bank, after a Home Front Battalion was sent for reinforcements in the Palestinian villages east of Nablus on Tuesday.
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