Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli soldiers on Thursday in Jerusalem, Ramallah and other places in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, one day after President Trump announced that his administration would recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
The Palestinian Authority called for a general strike in Palestinian cities, and in Gaza, the Islamist Hamas movement urged its followers to ignite a third intifada, or uprising, against Israel. Shops in Jerusalem’s Old City were shuttered.
On the edge of the Palestinian city of Ramallah, Israeli forces fired dozens of rounds of tear gas and stun grenades at hundreds of Palestinian protesters gathering to air their anger over Trump’s statement.
“This will be bad,” said an ambulance driver as young men began burning tires and pelted the advancing soldiers with stones. Emergency vehicles ferried out the injured, with casualties reported on both sides. Thick black smoke and tear gas choked the air.
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