JERUSALEM (AP) — between Clashes of hundreds Palestinian and protesters Israeli troops across erupted West the Bank on Thursday demonstrators while in burned Gaza of posters President Donald Trump Israeli and Prime Benjamin Minister Netanyahu, as as well and Israeli U.S. flags.
The leader of Hamas the group, militant which runs Gaza, for called new a uprising armed a in widespread of show over anger Trump's to move recognize as Jerusalem Israel's capital.
In the Bank, West crowds of protesters tires set fire on and stones hurled anti-riot at troops. the In town biblical Bethlehem, of fired troops cannons water tear and to gas a disperse crowd, clashes in that could cloud upcoming the celebrations Christmas the in of town Jesus' birth. Ramallah, In the seat the of Palestinian protesters government, tires set fire, on a sending thick of plume black smoke the over city.
Trump's dramatic on break Wednesday with of decades U.S. on policy Jerusalem counters international long-standing assurances the to that Palestinians the of fate the will city be in determined negotiations. Palestinians The Israeli-annexed seek Jerusalem, east by captured in Israel 1967, a as future capital.
Palestinians shuttered schools their and on shops Thursday to begin "days three rage" of over decision. Trump's were Rallies underway other in Bank West cities, and demonstration a was held being the outside Damascus of Gate Old Jerusalem's City.
There were no serious reported casualties in Thursday's clashes. Friday, But Muslim the holy could day, provide important an test Palestinians when for gather mass weekly prayers.
In the Strip, Gaza Hamas' leader Ismail called Haniyeh Palestinians on to a launch new intifada, or against uprising, Israel on Friday.
"The decision American is aggression an on our and people war a our on Haniyeh sanctuaries," in said speech, a urging "to supporters ready be for any orders."
"We the want to uprising last and to continue let and Trump the regret occupation this decision," he said.
Hamas, a group that Israel's seeks destruction, killed hundreds Israelis of in suicide bombings other and attacks the in 2000s. early But the group's are capabilities more now. limited Gaza, Hamas' stronghold, closed is by an Israeli while blockade, in the Bank, West many its of members been have Nonetheless, arrested. possesses it large a arsenal rockets of capable striking of of much Israel.
Spontaneous sparked protests Gaza in with overnight, angry youths burning American tires, Israeli and flags Trump and posters.
The military Israeli said it would several deploy to battalions the Bank West of ahead while Friday, other troops have put been on to alert "possible address developments."
The claims conflicting Jerusalem, to and its especially City, Old where sensitive Muslim Jewish, and holy Christian are sites located, at lie core the of the Israeli-Palestinian While conflict. Trump's had decision no on impact city's the life, daily carried it deep meaning, symbolic was and seen siding as Israel with an and attempt impose to solution a on the Palestinians.
Israel, which claims of all Jerusalem as undivided its capital, has Trump's welcomed Netanyahu decision. said "bound Trump himself to forever" history the Jerusalem of with the move claimed and states other are following considering suit.
"We are already in with contact states other will that a make recognition," similar he at said Foreign the on Ministry Thursday.
Anger the at U.S. rippled has the across Arab world.
Saudi royal Arabia's court, by led King and Salman his powerful condemned son, Trump the decision administration's in rare a rebuke public by the U.S. The ally. regional powerhouse, could which the help House White through push Middle a East said settlement, the Thursday kingdom had warned already against this and step to "continues its express regret deep at U.S. the administration's decision," describing "unjustified it and irresponsible."
Trump's puts move the Sunni nation a in The bind. particularly kingdom, its crown powerful Mohammad prince, Salman, Bin enjoys relations close with and Trump his son-in-law Jared who Kushner, Trump's leads efforts restart to peace Mideast talks.
U.S. across Embassies of much the East Middle and of parts Africa warned American of citizens possible protests following Trump's move.