Protests erupt over decision to move US Embassy


By Loveday Morris and Ruth Eglash | Washington Post

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RAMALLAH, West Bank – Palestinian protesters clashed with Israeli soldiers Thursday in Jerusalem, Ramallah and other places in the West Bank and Gaza Strip, burning posters of President Donald Trump and American flags a day after Trump decisively sided with Israel by announcing U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as its capital.

Israeli police said three protesters were arrested in Jerusalem and that the situation was under control. The big test, however, comes Friday when large crowds leave mosques after their weekly prayers.

The Palestinian Authority called for a general strike in Palestinian cities. 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.

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The Israeli military reported that at least three projectiles were fired at its territory Thursday from Gaza but that they fell short, causing no damage.

In response, Israeli jets and tanks struck two Hamas military sites in Gaza, the Israeli army said in a statement. The army “holds Hamas responsible for hostile activity . . . against Israel from the Gaza Strip,” it said.

On the edge of the Palestinian city of Ramallah, Israeli forces fired dozens of rounds of tear gas and stun grenades …read more

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