State of Palestine: Clashes intensify near West Bank settlement

Clashes broke out between the Israeli Defence Force (IDF) and Palestinians close to the Beit El settlement in the West Bank on Wednesday, as protesters continue to vent their fury at US President Donald Trump’s decision to formally recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The planned march on the settlement turned into a skirmish, as Palestinians stone-throwers launched a range of missiles... Еще. Israeli security forces responded with tear gas and rubber bullets. Undercover Israeli officers disguised as protesters, known as ‘mustaaribeen’ in Arabic, infiltrated the crowd and made several arrests. Beit El settlement, which is considered illegal by the international community, has been a flashpoint in confrontations in the West Bank. Last week Trump recognised Jerusalem as the capital of Israel in a live televised address from Washington D.C. The decision sparked immediate outrage and fury from the Arab world. The status of the Holy City is seen as a key issue in the Israeli-Palestinian peace process.

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