Two Palestinians martyred, dozens injured in clashes with Israeli soldiers

Two Palestinian protesters have lost their lives and dozens others sustained injuries in another day of rage and clashes with Israeli soldiers in the Occupied Palestinian Territories over US President Donald Trump’s recognition of al-Quds as Zionist regime’s capital.

Gaza’s Health Ministry Spokesman, Ashraf al-Qidra, said 24-year-old Zakaria al-Kafarneh was struck with a bullet in his chest during clashes along the Gaza border with Occupied Territories north of Jabalia, and martyred shortly afterwards, Arabic-language Safa news agency reported.

Mohammed Nabeel Mohaisen, 26, was also martyred by live gunshots during scuffles between dozens of youths and Israeli soldiers east of Gaza.

Additionally, hundreds of Gaza youths threw stones at Israeli forces east of Khan Younis. Eleven were shot and injured, and one was critically injured after he tried to cut the fence and throw stones at the soldiers.

Meanwhile, a 27-year-old Palestinian succumbed to the injuries he had sustained during clashes with Israeli troops earlier this week, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.

Elsewhere in the central West Bank city of al-Bireh, located 15 kilometers north of al-Quds, skirmishes erupted between hundreds of young men and Israeli forces after Friday prayers.

Hundreds of Palestinian protesters also converged at the northern entrance to Beit El settlement, where they clashed with Israeli soldiers.

A number of protesters suffered breathing difficulties, red eyes and wheezing after Israeli forces hurled tear gas canisters to disperse the crowd.

The Palestine Red Crescent Society reported that two young men were wounded by live bullets, while another was severely beaten by Israeli troopers.

In the northern West Bank town of Budrus, located 31 kilometers northwest of Ramallah, clashes broke out between dozens of young Palestinian men and Israeli forces.

The Palestinians threw stones and Molotov cocktails at Israeli soldiers, who fired live bullets, rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas canisters in return.

Palestinian demonstrators also engaged in skirmishes with Israeli forces in the town of Silat ad-Dhahr, located 22 kilometers southwest of Jenin.

Similar clashes broke out in other West Bank towns and cities, including Nablus, Salfit and Beita.

On December 6, Trump announced his decision to recognize al-Quds as Israel’s capital and relocate the US embassy in occupied lands from Tel Aviv to al-Quds.

The dramatic shift in Washington’s policy vis-à-vis the city triggered demonstrations in the Occupied Palestinian Territories, Iran, Turkey, Egypt, Jordan, Tunisia, Algeria, Iraq, Morocco and other Muslim countries.

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