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Israeli forces, Palestinian demonstrators clash in Bethlehem

Israeli forces have clashed with Palestinians protesting against  the new US policy on Jerusalem al-Quds in the West Bank city of Bethlehem.

The Palestinians carrying national flags took to the Bethlehem streets on Wednesday, for the seventh consecutive day since US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem al-Quds as the “capital” of Israel.

The Israeli forces used tear gas to disperse the demonstrators.

A Palestinian protester throws back a tear gas canister towards Israeli forces during clashes in the West Bank city of Bethlehem on December 10, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

Latest reports say some 40 Palestinians, among them officials from the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas, were detained by Israeli forces during raids on the West Bank cities over the past few hours.

On December 6, Trump declared  that Washington was recognizing Jerusalem al-Quds as the “capital” of Israel and that he had instructed his administration to begin the process of moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to the holy city.

The decision sparked a wave of global condemnations, demonstrations and warnings of further conflagration in the Middle East.

The entire Jerusalem al-Quds is currently under Israel’s control, while the regime also claims the city’s eastern part, which hosts the third holiest Muslim site. The city has been designated as “occupied” under international law since the 1967 Arab War, which Palestinians want as the capital of their future state.

source: press tv

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