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Palestine Lays to Rest Protest Victims, Fatah Calls for Anger-Displaying Rallies

Palestine Lays to Rest Protest Victims, Fatah Calls for Anger-Displaying Rallies

Sunday, 17 December, 2017 - 10:15
Relatives of Mohammed Amin, who was killed during clashes on Sunday, Attend funeral ceremony, Asharq Al-Awsat

Dozens of Palestinians were injured on Saturday as angry confrontations continue across protests objecting to United States President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and move the US embassy to it.

Most Palestinian cities witnessed confrontations less severe than the violent clashes that took place on Friday, which resulted in the death of four martyrs, including two in the Gaza Strip and two in the West Bank and East Jerusalem.

But the intensity of clashes spiked during the funeral service for the four killed --thousands of Palestinians attended the ceremony which saw popular demonstrations demanding further escalation.

The Palestine Red Crescent Society said that eight minors were injured by Israeli occupation forces on Salah Al-Din Street and Bab al-'Amud area in Jerusalem.

Najib al-Razzim was also wounded during his coverage of protests in the area. Israeli occupation forces arrested activist Awad al-Salaymeh, confiscated flags from demonstrators and assaulted a female Palestinian.

A spokesman for the Israeli police said that his forces have arrested 14 Palestinians since Friday dawn in east of Jerusalem, claiming that they participated in throwing stones and fireworks on police forces.

More so, 30 Palestinians were injured while being gassed by Israeli occupation forces near Nablus, Hebron and Ramallah. In addition, five demonstrators were wounded by live bullets in the Gaza Strip.

The Fatah movement issued a statement calling to amp up popular activities and demonstrations against Washington’s decision, stressing that it will go forth with blocking roads on Monday and Thursday, and continue massive demonstrations, especially next Wednesday in Jerusalem and its surroundings.

US Vice President Mike Pence is scheduled to visit the Middle East next Wednesday.

Pence will spend three days in the region with stops in Israel and Egypt, the first high-level official to visit after the president reversed decades of US policy and announced the United States would start the process of moving its embassy from Tel Aviv.

Fatah said that it “stresses the need to carry out demonstrations and protest rallies showing anger at the gates of Jerusalem coinciding with Pence’s arrival to the occupying state next Wednesday”.

More so, the statement urged full coordination with Christians on Sunday evening to participate intensively in lighting candles in Bethlehem, Jerusalem, Ramallah, Jericho, Birzeit and Nablus.

In its statement, Fatah said that next Friday should be considered a day of united display of anger in all governorates nationwide, rejecting and denouncing the American decision.

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