Two Palestinian protesters were killed in the West Bank by Israeli forces Friday, as outrage continues over the U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Thousands have marched in the streets of Gaza and the West Bank for the third week following President Donald Trump’s announcement that the United States would relocate its embassy from Tel Aviv.
One of the victims Friday, Zakaria al-Kafarneh, 24, was shot by Israeli Defense Forces in Northern Gaza. The other victim was not immediately named. Dozens more were injured.
According to Israeli forces, about 2,000 people have protested in three main locations across the Gaza security fence — Jabaliya, Khan Younis and Gaza City. In the West Bank, 1,700 Palestinians demonstrated.
Some demonstrators threw rocks and rolled burning tires at Israeli troops, who responded with tear gas, rubber bullets and stun grenades.
Friday, Palestinian Authority Mahmoud Abbas said the Palestinians would not accept any plan made by the United States “accept any plan from the U.S.” due to the White House’s “biased” support of Israel.
Friday’s protests followed a U.N. General Assembly vote a day earlier, in which 128 countries voted to condemn the decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
By Sara Shayanian