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LIVE: Two dead, hundreds injured as 'day of rage' protests erupt across Palestine

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LIVE: Two dead, hundreds injured as 'day of rage' protests erupt across Palestine

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.

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Photo: Israeli soldiers continue to fire rubber bullets and tear gas on Palestinian protesters in Gaza today (MEE/Hind Khoudary)

Live Updates

Overnight round-up
1 year ago

Good night from Texas.

Here's a quick round-up of all the night's events as tensions intensified:

► Second Palestinian killed, this time from Gaza

► Israel's military fires tear gas in Aida refugee camp following clashes

► Hundreds of Muslims attended Friday prayers in front of the White House to protest

► King Abdullah salutes Jordanians over Jerusalem protests

► Fashion supermodel Bella Hadid joins Palestinian protests in UK

For analysis check out:

► Suraj Sharma's piece on why Iraqi Kurds have been silent on Trump's Jerusalem move.

► Noura Erakat on how Trump has ended the US double-speak on Middle East 'Peace'.

► Arwa Ibrahim on whether the US has always been an 'honest' broker. 

Tomorrow morning, stay tuned for continuous updates from our correspondents back in London.

Fashion supermodel Bella Hadid joins Palestinian protests in UK
1 year ago

Bella Hadid, a fashion supermodel, reportedly travelled from a fashion show to join Palestinian protests in front of the US embassy in London.

Israeli air strike wounds 10 in Gaza: Palestinian security
1 year ago

Israel aircraft attacked Hamas military facilities in the Gaza Strip on Friday night in response to earlier rocket attacks, the Israeli army said.

The health ministry in Gaza said that 10 people were wounded, suffering what it described as light to moderate injuries.

Israel's military said in a tweet that they targeted a "Hamas training ground" and "ammunition warehouse".

Second Palestinian killed: Gaza health ministry
1 year ago

Gaza's health ministry says that a person died after Israeli launched strikes in retaliation to rocket fire, bringing the death total to two in both the West Bank and Gaza.

Hundreds of Muslims protest Trump's embassy move in front of White House
1 year ago

Hundreds of Muslims attended Friday prayers in front of the White House to protest President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Responding to the call of American Muslim organizations, worshippers laid out their prayer mats at a park in front of the president's residence.

Wearing traditional Palestinian keffiyeh scarves or the colors of the Palestinian flag, protesters also held placards denouncing Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Muslim worshippers protest in front of the White Housefollowing President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital (AFP)

"Trump does not own a piece of soil of Jerusalem and Palestine. He owns the Trump Tower. He can give it away to the Israelis," Nihad Awad, executive director of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), told AFP. 

The president is "empowering Christian religious extremism in the US," he added.

Source: AFP

King Abdullah salutes Jordanians over Jerusalem protests
1 year ago

Translation: Jordanians have always been the pulse of this (Arab) nation. The immense feelings they expressed today for Jerusalem, our number one cause, and the unparalleled unity and fraternity, reflect the resilience and dignity of our people. God bless Jordan and its people, as a shield for our nation and its children.

Thousands of demonstrators gathered in Amman on Friday to condemn US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.