Palestinians Riot, Hamas Calls for Violence in Response to Trump Jerusalem Move

Palestinians Riot, Hamas Calls for Violence in Response to Trump Jerusalem Move

At least 31 Palestinians have been wounded in clashes in the Gaza Strip and across the occupied West Bank, during violent protests against US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

One person is in a critical condition.

Mr Trump's announcement - met with worldwide dismay throughout the Islamic world - reversed decades of US policy on the sensitive issue.

Israel has been forced to deploy hundreds of extra troops in the West Bank as Palestinians went on strike and took to the streets.

Palestinians set tires on fire, fired rockets and threw stones, and Israeli troops fired tear gas, rubber bullets and live bullets.

One rocket fired from the Gaza Strip exploded inside southern Israel while others fell short, Israel's army said.

In response, an Israeli tank and an aircraft targeted "two terror posts" in Gaza, the army said without giving further details.

Islamic leaders around the world have called for violence as a response.

Many of Washington's closest allies have said they disagree with the move, and both the UN Security Council and the Arab League will meet in the coming days to decide their response.

There are fears the announcement could lead to a renewed outbreak of violence. The Palestinian Islamist group Hamas has already called for a new intifada, or uprising.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel was profoundly grateful to Mr Trump, who had "bound himself forever with the history of the capital".

He also said Israel was "in touch with other countries to follow suit". He did not name any of these countries, although the Philippines and the Czech Republic have been mentioned in Israeli media.

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