For the second consecutive week, President Trump’s declaration of Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel has fueled massive Palestinian protests on Friday. For the second consecutive week, Israel responded militarily, shooting at the demonstrators.
Four Palestinian protesters were confirmed killed, and 160 others wounded, as Israeli troops opened fire on demonstrators in both the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. All four killed were said to have been killed with live gunfire.
The bulk of the casualties were at the Israeli-Gaza border, where thousands of Gazans rallied along the border fence, and at least 150 were wounded when Israeli troops opened fire. Among the two slain in Gaza was a man in a wheelchair.
The Israeli military said 3,500 protesters were at the Gaza border, and insisted that the troops ‘fired selectively” into the crowd, shooting the “main instigators.”
One of the dead in the West Bank was accused of having had a knife and “what looked like a bomb belt,” though medics later confirmed that the bomb belt was fake.
Last 5 posts by Jason Ditz
- US Plans to 'Counter' Russia and China in Africa - December 13th, 2018
- Bolton: Trump Won't Meet Putin While Russia Holds Ukrainian Ships - December 13th, 2018
- Turkey Builds Up Military at Syria Border for Planned Offensive - December 13th, 2018
- Israel to Approve Thousands of Unauthorized West Bank Settler Homes - December 13th, 2018
- Yemen Talks End With Ceasefire Agreed for Hodeidah - December 13th, 2018