More than 40 Palestinians 'wounded by Israeli troops' over Donald Trump's Jerusalem announcement

More than 40 Palestinians 'wounded by Israeli troops' over Donald Trump's Jerusalem announcement

Hamas called for an intifada after Donald Trump's announcement

Friday, December 15, 2017

More than 40 Palestinians have been shot and wounded in Gaza and the West Bank today (December 15), according to medical officials.

The shooting occurred amid continuing violence after Donald Trump announced he would recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, an area sacred to both Israelis and Palestinians.

Hamas called for an intifada in protest against America's decision on Jerusalem shortly after it was announced.

Israeli police troopers near Ramallah claim they shot a Palestinian after he stabbed an Israeli officer, according to Reuters.

Officials claimed that three other Palestinians were also shot in the West Bank and the other 38 were injured on the border of the Gaza Strip.

One Palestinian activist claims three protesters are dead and the Israeli army was "shooting to kill."

The Israeli military gave a statement on the violence, claiming around 3,200 Palestinians took part in protests on the Gaza border and a further 2,500 in the Gaza Strip.

The Israeli army also claims it only fired at the "main instigators" of the disturbances.

Since Trump's announcement there have been rockets sent into Israel by Palestinians nearly every night, however no injuries have been caused by this.

However a counter-strike by Israelis fired towards Gaza killed two gunmen working for Hamas, and Israel has been condemned for its handling of the Palestinian protests.

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