Israeli forces injure 157 civilians in one day as Jerusalem protest crackdowns continue

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Israeli security forces during protests on December 10, 2017 in illegally occupied West Bank (AA Photo)
Israeli security forces during protests on December 10, 2017 in illegally occupied West Bank (AA Photo)

More than 150 Palestinians were injured Sunday in illegally-occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip after Israeli security forces used live ammunition to violently disperse protests against the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

In a statement the Palestinian Red Crescent said a total of 157 people were injured during the clashes that took place in Ramallah, Tulkarim and Bethlehem cities, and Gaza Strip.

Israeli forces used tear gas, live ammunition and rubber bullets to disperse protesters. Thirteen people were injured in Gaza and 144 others in various parts of West Bank, it said.

Palestinian groups Saturday called for fresh mass demonstrations across the West Bank and East Jerusalem against the U.S. recognition.

Since Friday, four Palestinians have been killed and hundreds injured in clashes and Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip and West Bank.

On Wednesday, Trump announced U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital and said the U.S. Embassy would be relocated from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The dramatic shift in Washington's Jerusalem policy triggered demonstrations in the occupied Palestinian territories and Muslim countries.

Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem -- now occupied by Israel -- might eventually serve as the capital of a future Palestinian state.

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