At least two people were killed in clashes with Israeli troops on Friday when thousands of Palestinians demonstrated against U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and the Palestinian president said Washington could no longer be a peace broker.
Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian man near the Gaza border, the first confirmed death in two days of unrest. Scores of people were wounded on the “Day of Rage”. A second person later died of their wounds, a Gaza hospital official said.
Clashes erupted across the West Bank and along Israel’s border with the Gaza after Friday prayers as Palestinians vented their anger for a second day at the US president’s move and plans to move the US embassy there. So far, the clashes in the West Bank did not appear to be taking on the character or intensity of an all-out uprising.
The UN Security Council members held an urgent meeting in which Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital was widely condemned.
“We disagree with the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and to begin preparation to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. It is not in line with Security Council resolutions and is unhelpful in terms of prospects for peace in the region”.
The council stated that the status of Jerusalem “must be determined through negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians leading to a final status agreement”.
The UN members confirmed that until that happens Jerusalem should ultimately be the capital of both Israeli and Palestinian states and no sovereignty over Jerusalem will be recognised before then.
“We all share a willingness to put an end to the conflict. We note the commitment made by President Trump to support a two-state solution if agreed to by both sides and his clear acknowledgement that the specific boundaries of the Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem must be subject to negotiations between the Israelis and the Palestinians. We stand ready to contribute to all credible efforts to restart the peace process, on the basis of internationally agreed parameters, leading to a two-State solution. We encourage the US Administration to now bring forward detailed proposals for an Israel-Palestinian settlement.”.
The health ministry in the Gaza Strip said one Palestinian was killed by Israeli army fire. Several other Gaza Palestinians were wounded by live fire, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent. An Israeli army spokeswoman said troops directed “selective fire at two main instigators” during a riot near the border fence in which Palestinians burned tyres and threw rocks,
“Hits were confirmed,” she said.
The first victim was identified as Mahmoud Masri by the Palestinian news agency Maan.
A statement from Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra announced the death of ‘Maher Atallah, 54, in the northern Gaza Strip who was injured in clashes this evening’.
Ninety-five Palestinians were injured in the West Bank – one by live ammunition, 21 from rubber-coated metal bullets and 72 of them from tear-gas inhalation, and one from a beating, the Palestinian Red Crescent said.
Tens of thousands of Palestinians attended noon prayers at Al Aqsa mosque, Islam’s third-holiest site. They dispersed without major incident. Worshippers interviewed by The National differed over whether they thought a new intifada, or uprising, would break out over Mr Trump’s move. But they were united in feeling deeply wronged, hurt and angry. Many voiced defiance.
“Jerusalem is for Arabs, for Muslims. Trump has the power now but this will change,” said Naif Manasra, an accountant. “The Arabs and Muslims have to unite to change things.”
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