TEHRAN (Press Shia) – Palestinian protesters and Israeli soldiers clashed in al-Quds (Jerusalem), Ramallah and other places in the West Bank and Gaza Strip ahead of “Day of Rage” demonstrations due to be held later today to condemn Washington’s recognition of Quds as Israel’s capital.
During the protests on Thursday, Palestinians burned American flags and posters of US President Donald Trump a day after he declared Quds Israeli regime’ capital.
More than 100 people were injured, according to the Palestine Red Crescent, despite the deployment of several extra battalions of Israeli troops, the Washington Post reported.
The critical test comes Friday when larger demonstrations are expected as crowds leave mosques after the weekly noon prayers.
In Gaza, the Islamist movement Hamas urged its followers to ignite a third intifada, or uprising, against Israel. The Palestinian Authority called for a general strike. Shops were shuttered in Jerusalem’s Old City.
The protests came after Trump officially declared the disputed city of al-Quds Israel's capital, despite warnings from around the world that the measure risks triggering a fresh wave of violence in the Middle East.
In a speech at the White House on Wednesday, Trump said his administration would also begin a years-long process of moving the American embassy in Tel Aviv to the holy city.
The announcement was a major shift by Washington that overturns decades of US foreign policy.
Palestinian leaders had previously warned the move would threaten a two-state solution.
Israel has occupied East Jerusalem since the 1967 Middle East war. It annexed the area in 1980 and sees it as its exclusive domain. Under international law, the area is considered to be occupied territory.