Violent Protests Reported Worldwide over Jerusalem

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Police clashed with protesters during riots over US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. (Photo taken from https://www.timesofisrael.com).

Demonstrators took to the streets on Friday, the Muslim holy day, expressing solidarity with the Palestinians

Thousands of Palestinians protested in a “day of rage” on Friday in the occupied West Bank, Gaza and in East Jerusalem against U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of the ancient city as Israel’s capital.

Across the Arab and Muslim worlds, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets on Friday, the Muslim holy day, expressing solidarity with the Palestinians and outrage at the U.S. move.

As Friday prayers ended at the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, worshippers made their way toward the walled Old City gates, chanting “Jerusalem is ours, Jerusalem is our capital,” and “We don’t need empty words, we need stones and Kalashnikovs”. Some scuffles broke out between protesters and police.

By midday Friday there had been no reports of deaths in two days of demonstrations in the Palestinian territories. Thirty-one Palestinians were wounded on Thursday.

Hamas has called for a new Palestinian uprising like the “intifadas” of 1987-1993 and 2000-2005 that together saw thousands of Palestinians and more than 1,000 Israelis killed.

In Iran demonstrators burned pictures of Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

In Cairo, capital of Egypt, ¡hundreds of protesters chanted “Jerusalem is Arab!

Thousands also took to the streets in Muslim-majority Malaysia and Indonesia, where authorities tightened security around U.S. embassies.

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