State of Palestine: Fierce clashes erupt on streets on Bethlehem

Israeli security forces clashed with Palestinians on the outskirts of Bethlehem following the conclusion of Friday prayers. Palestinian stone throwers hurled a range of missiles at security forces, who were protecting the northern entrance to the city, close to Rachel’s Tomb and Banksy’s infamous Walled Off hotel. The Israeli Defence Force (IDF) and Israel Police responded with a volley of tear... Еще gas in an attempt to disperse the crowd. Protests over US President Donald Trump’s decision to formally recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel have now entered their third consecutive week. The status of the Holy City is a contentious issue in the Middle East peace process. Israel has always claimed Jerusalem as its capital, while Palestinians consider annexed East Jerusalem to the capital of a future Palestinian state.

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