Hundreds of Palestinians injured in clashes with Israeli forces against U.S. Jerusalem decision

A wounded Palestinian protester is evacuated during clashes with Israeli troops after a protest against U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital, near east of Gaza city, on Dec. 8, 2017. An estimated 4,500 Palestinian protesters participated in violent riots at six locations along the border with the Gaza Strip throughout Friday against U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israeli capital, said a statement by the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) Friday evening. (Xinhua/Wissam Nassar)

RAMALLAH/GAZA, Dec. 9 (Xinhua) — Hundreds of Palestinians were injured Saturday in fierce clashes with Israeli forces during protests against the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, Palestinian sources said.

Over 150 Palestinians were injured Saturday in clashes with Israeli forces in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and the Gaza Strip during the protests.

Ashraf Al-Qedra, Gaza Health Ministry spokesperson, said in a press statement that 25 Palestinians were injured by live ammunition and suffocated over tear gas grenades thrown by Israeli forces toward protesters.

The Palestinian Red Crescent Society said it had dealt with 140 injuries in Saturday clashes in East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

Israeli media reported two Israeli policemen were injured in clashes in Salaheddine street in East Jerusalem.

The clashes came in response to calls by Palestinian political factions, which urged the masses to take the streets in protest of U.S. President Donald Trump’s Wednesday recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

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