Riots, demonstrations and clashes broke out between Palestinians with IDF and Israeli security forces throughout the West Bank, Jerusalem and Gaza Strip on Friday, following the United States recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Hamas and factions of the Palestinian Authority called on Palestinians to take part in a “Day of Rage” Friday, thousands of Palestinians taking to the streets of Gaza Friday denouncing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Hamas political chief Ismail Haniyeh continues to call on Palestinians in the West Bank, Gaza Strip and Arab Israelis to start an intifada, stating on Friday “We want the uprising to last and continue to let Trump and the occupation [Israel] regret this decision.” He previously warned that Trump’s decision “will open the gates of hell on US interests in the region.”
The Israel Air Force responded to rocket fire from the Gaza Strip on Thursday night in southern Israel, no injuries or damages reported. The IAF retaliated with airstrikes hitting two terrorist positions in the Strip. It reported following “In response to projectiles fired at Israel throughout the day an IDF tank and an IAF aircraft targeted two terrorist posts in the Gaza Strip. The IDF holds Hamas responsible for the hostile activity perpetrated against Israel from the Gaza Strip.”
On Friday afternoon, a Palestinian man was killed in clashes with IDF forces on the Gaza border, the IDF increases its forces along the border wall and fence.
In Jerusalem’s Old City, clashes between Israeli police began on Thursday, with riots and demonstrations breaking out in Jerusalem’s Old City, mostly from Muslim worshippers at Al-Aqsa for Friday prayers. Over 50 were reported injured with dozens of arrests.
Latest reports claim over 3,000 Palestinian protesters in the West Bank in the cities of Bethlehem, Hebron and Ramallah, with over 30 protests through out the West Bank. Over 250 Palestinians have been treated for injuries.
Large protests have been reported through out the Middle East, with Turkey, Indonesia and Malaysia holding demonstrations in support of the Palestinians.
Hezbollah head Hassan Nasrallah voiced the terrorist organization’s support for the Palestinians to rise to violence, calling for protests in Lebanon on Monday. He stated Friday “We support the call for a new Palestinian intifada uprising and escalating the resistance, which is the biggest, most important and gravest response to the American decision. The people of Palestine stand today at the first line of defense for Jerusalem and its shrine.”
Israel’s internal security and the IDF began preparing for riots and demonstrations on Wednesday, reinforcing IDF troops in the West Bank, on the border of Gaza and through out Jerusalem.
Prime Minister Netanyahu has been clear that the United States recognition will not change the status quo at any of Israel’s religious sites.
Be sure to watch’s Amir’s Special Middle East Current Events Update from Thursday, where he addresses President Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem and its ramifications.
This article originally appeared on Behold Israel, December 8, 2017, and reposted with permission.