Two rockets were fired from the Gaza Strip toward Israel on Thursday evening. The projectiles were seen landing inside the Strip.
Roji Kurd: Rocket sirens sounded in the southern Israeli city of Ashkelon and Israeli communities north of the coastal enclave.
The rockets were fired amid clashes in Gaza, the West Bank and East Jerusalem as Palestinians protested U.S. President Donald Trump’s announcement on Wednesday that the U.S. recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s capital city.
President Trump on Wednesday formally recognized Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, reversing nearly seven decades of American foreign policy and setting in motion a plan to move the United States Embassy from Tel Aviv to the fiercely contested Holy City.
“Today we finally acknowledge the obvious: that Jerusalem is Israel’s capital,” Mr. Trump said from the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House. “This is nothing more or less than a recognition of reality. It is also the right thing to do. It’s something that has to be done.”
The president cast his decision as a break with decades of failed policy on Jerusalem, which the United States, along with virtually every other nation in the world, has declined to recognize as the capital since Israel’s founding in 1948. That policy, he said, brought us “no closer to a lasting peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians.”
“It would be folly to assume that repeating the exact same formula would now produce a different or better result,” Mr. Trump declared.
At least 19 Palestinians were wounded on Thursday in the West Bank, East Jerualem and Gaza during clashes with Israeli soldiers following U.S. President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, according to the Red Crescent.
Seven Palestinians were wounded at demonstrations checkpoint near the West Bank city of Ramallah. Four were said to have been wounded by live fire and two by rubber bullets. Eight were wounded by rubber bullets in Tul Karm, three in Bethlehem. Four Palestinians were wounded by rubber bullets in the East Jerusalem neighborhood of Shuafat. Confrontations were also reported in Nablus and Jenin. A military spokeswoman said soldiers had used “riot-dispersal gear” against hundreds of rock-throwers. Dozens of demonstrators were treated for inhalation of tear gas.
Demonstrations in Ramallah, Tul Karm, and Nablus were attended by many hundreds of demonstrators, some of whom burned pictures of U.S. President Donald Trump. Dozens of Palestinians also protested in several locations throughout the north and center of the Gaza Strip.