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Protests turn deadly following Trump's Jerusalem decision

by Gabriel Connelly
Dec 8 2017, 4:21pm

Protests against President Trump’s decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel turned deadly on Friday.

Israeli police shot and killed a 30-year-old Palestinian man near the Gaza border after protesters threw rocks at army posts, IDF forces said. The death marks the first casualty of the “Day of Rage” protests that started on Wednesday following Trump’s speech.

At least 300 Palestinians have been injured in demonstrations across the West Bank, Gaza, and Jerusalem since Wednesday, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent.

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Trump’s decision to upend decades of U.S. foreign policy was immediately condemned by U.S. allies and world leaders. The U.N.’s Middle East envoy warned that it could escalate the Israel-Palestine conflict, and Palestine’s chief negotiator Saeb Erekat said, “President Trump just destroyed any possibility of a two-state [solution].”

Trump’s announcement did play well with a few key backers, namely America’s religious right and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who praised the decision.

“The Jewish people and the Jewish state will be forever grateful,” Netanyahu said Wednesday.

By Friday evening local time, the conflict had escalated, with reports of Israeli warplanes striking Hamas military locations in the Gaza Strip after the group had fired rockets toward Israel.