On Friday, thousands of Palestinians took on the streets to protests against the US decision to recognize the city of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. Dozens of protests were held in Ramallah, Hebron, Nablus, Bethlehem and the eastern part of Jerusalem city in the Western Bank region, according to Palestinian sources. Large protests were also held in the northern part of the Gaza Strip, right on the frontline with the Israel Army.
On Wednesday, the Palestinian Hamas Movement called Palestinians to turn Friday into a “day of rage” to protests the US decision. Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah supported Hamas call during a televised speech on Thursday, and called for similar protests in Lebanon and the Islamic world in general.
The Palestinian Red Crescent reported that the Israeli security forces injured over 217 Palestinians during the protests in the Western Bank. Israeli security forces reportedly used tear gas and rubber bullets in an attempt to crackdown the protestors.
Meanwhile, the Palestinian Red Crescent announced that 2 protestors were killed and 15 others were injured by the Israeli Army during the protests in the Gaza Strip. Palestinian activists said that Israeli Army soldiers opened live fire on the civilian protestors in the northern part of Gaza Strip.
Similar protests to denounce the US decision were held in Tunisia, Egypt, Lebanon, Iraq, Libya, Syria, Algeria, Turkey, Iran and many other countries.
The UN Security Council is expected to held an emergency meeting on Friday to discuss the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel upon request from eight members of the council including Palestine.
The protests are expected to continue all over the Palestinian region in the upcoming days, as the tension grow in the region.