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Israeli forces open fire at Palestinian protesters in northern Gaza

Dec. 19, 2017 2:36 P.M. (Updated: Dec. 20, 2017 1:54 P.M.)
GAZA CITY (Ma'an) -- Israeli forces fired live ammunition and tear gas at dozens of Palestinian protesters near the Erez (Beit Hanoun) crossing in the northern Gaza Strip on Tuesday morning.

Dozens of Palestinian youths had gathered near the border fence between Israel and Gaza -- where four Palestinians have been shot dead over the past two weeks -- in protest of US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Protests against the decision have been ongoing for two weeks, while six Palestinians have been shot dead by Israeli forces during clashes -- four from Gaza and two from the occupied West Bank.

Palestinians have vowed to continue protesting Trump’s unprecedented decision, which Palestinian and Arab leaders warned would cause instability and unrest in the region.

Trump’s announcement was the first step to a drastic abdication of longstanding US policy that has largely adhered to international standards on Israel-Palestine, which maintains that East Jerusalem is an intricate part of occupied Palestinian territory and the capital of any future Palestinian state, despite Israel’s annexation of the territory.

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