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Dozens have been injured in West Bank protests following Trump's Jerusalem announcement


Updated December 07, 2017 09:58 AM EST

Dozens of protesters have suffered injuries in demonstrations in the West Bank following President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, according to Palestinian officials.

Clashes erupted between Israeli forces and Palestinian protesters following Trump's announcement, which represented a break from decades of U.S. policy regarding Jerusalem.

Most of the injuries involve tear gas inhalation, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent. Another six people were wounded by rubber bullets, and one person was wounded by live fire.

All of the reported injuries are minor, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

The leader of Hamas on Thursday called for a new Palestinian intifada, or uprising, over President Trump’s decision recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city.

“This Zionist policy supported by the U.S. cannot be confronted unless we ignite a new intifada,” Ismail Haniyeh said in Gaza City, according to The Times of Israel.

“Palestine and Jerusalem are ours,” added Haniyeh, who leads the armed Palestinian terrorist group that runs the Gaza Strip.

“We do not recognize the legitimacy of the occupation and the existence of Israel on the land of Palestine in order for it to have a capital.”

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Haniyeh also called for Hamas to quickly finalize its reconciliation process with Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas’ Fatah party.

The Hamas leader noted his group uniting with Fatah could fight “the blatant and blind bias of the American administration and this satanic alliance.”

Several thousand Palestinians marched in the Hamas-run Gaza Strip late Wednesday into early the next morning.

Protesters burned U.S. and Israeli flags while chanting “death to America” and “death to Israel” while rioters near the West Bank village of Rantis hurled stones and Molotov cocktails.

Israel on Thursday said it would bolster its security with “a number of battalions” in response to possible violence from Trump’s announcement.

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Trump on Wednesday announced that the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital in a major change to longstanding American foreign policy.

“This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality,” he said, calling Jerusalem the “obvious” center of Israel’s government.

“It’s also the right thing to do,” Trump added at the White House. “It’s something that has to be done.”

Trump also directed the State Department to begin the process of relocating the U.S. embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

U.S. officials said the move may take years to complete, however, and Trump already signed a waiver formally delaying it for six months.

Trump’s maneuvers sparked global debate, with U.S. allies and enemies alike warning it could inflame tensions in the Middle East and derail the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

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