LIVE: Calls for Palestinian uprising after Trump's Jerusalem move
After 70 years, Donald Trump did on Wednesday what no previous US president has done – recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
The announcement has sparked anger and protest across the Middle East while being welcomed by Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and supporters of Israel.
Leaders in Gaza and the West Bank have called for a strong response, with protests in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza. Israeli soldiers were deployed in anticipation of unrest.
We’ll be bringing you live updates here.
Photo: Protesters shout slogans and wave the Jordanian flag during a protest near the American Embassy in Amman against US President Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel on December 7, 2017. (AFP)
Hello from MEE's US team.
Here are the events that took place in the evening and overnight:
► Tillerson says peace is still possible between the Israelis and Palestinians.
► The Israeli army retaliated after a "projectile" fired from Gaza.
► A senior Palestinian official in President Mahmoud Abbas's ruling Fatah party said US Vice President Mike Pence "is unwelcome in Palestine".
►Brother of Jordanian King criticised US embassy move as "irresponsible".
That's it for the night folks. We will get back with the latest developments tomorrow morning.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said there "a very good opportunity for peace to be achieved" between the Israelis and Palestinians after Trump's decision to move the US embassy to Jerusalem.
The President is very committed to the Middle East peace process. He has a team that he put in place almost immediately upon entering the White House," Tillerson said.
The Israeli army retaliated after a "projectile" fired from Gaza hit its territory Thursday, the army said, blaming Hamas which had called for an intifada after US recognition of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.
"A short while ago, a projectile was fired from northern Gaza & exploded in southern Israel," the Israel Defence Forces said on its official Twitter account.
"In response to that fire & the projectiles fired at Israel throughout the day that fell short in Gaza, an IDF tank & an IAF (Israeli Air Force) aircraft targeted two terror posts in Gaza."
The military said Hamas was "responsible for the hostile activity perpetrated against Israel from the Gaza Strip" which the Islamist movement controls.
A senior Palestinian official in President Mahmoud Abbas's ruling Fatah party said on Thursday that U.S. Vice President Mike Pence, due to visit the region later this month, "is unwelcome in Palestine".
"In the name of Fatah I say that we will not welcome Trump's deputy in the Palestinian Territories. He asked to meet (Abbas) on the 19th of this month in Bethlehem, such a meeting will not take place," Jibril Rajoub said.
Aides for Abbas were not immediately available for comment.