Jerusalem unrest: Israel strikes kill two in Gaza as rage against US prez simmers

Updated: Dec 10, 2017, 10:44 IST | Agencies | Gaza City

Tensions rise following President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Retaliatory Israeli air strikes on the Gaza Strip killed two Hamas militants yesterday, as unrest simmered across the Palestinian territories over US President Donald Trump's declaration of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Several people were injured in the first air strikes on Gaza. pics/afp/AP
Several people were injured in the first air strikes on Gaza. Pics/AFP/AP

A total of four people have now been killed and dozens wounded since Trump announced his deeply controversial decision which drew criticism from every other member of the UN Security Council at an emergency meeting yesterday. There were fresh clashes on Saturday as Palestinian protesters in the occupied West Bank hurled stones at Israeli troops who responded with tear gas, rubber bullets and live rounds.

Israel strikes

In Gaza, mourners vented their anger at the funeral of one of two people killed by Israeli troops during clashes at the border fence yesterday. There have been fears of a much larger escalation of violence after Hamas leader Ismail Haniya called for a new Palestinian intifada or uprising and analysts have been anxiously watching what happens next.

Israel strikes

Dozens of protesters were wounded by rubber bullets or live fire in clashes in the occupied West Bank, Gaza Strip and Jerusalem that followed the main weekly Muslim prayers yesterday. Tens of thousands also protested in Muslim and Arab countries, including Jordan, Turkey, Pakistan and Malaysia.

UN rejects Trump's Jerusalem declaration

United Nations: The US found itself isolated at a special UNSC meeting in its recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, a move that set off alarms about the risk of escalating conflict in the Middle East. "The status of Jerusalem must be determined through negotiations between Israelis and Palestinians leading to a final status agreement," the five European nations said in a statement.

Now, NK condemns 'dotard' Trump
Seoul: North Korea has lambasted US President Donald Trump for recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital, renewing its description of him as a 'dotard' in a statement released on state media. Now the hermit state has joined near-universal condemnation of the US president's decision on Jerusalem, calling it a 'reckless, wicked act'. "Considering the fact that the mentally deranged dotard openly called for a total destruction of a sovereign state at the UN, this action is not so surprising," a foreign ministry spokesman was quoted as saying by the state-run KCNA news agency.

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