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Mass protests leave one dead and 50 injured

Occupying forces fire on Palestinians following Jerusalem announcement

ONE Palestinian was killed and up to 50 were injured yesterday as occupation forces fired on protesters venting their anger at US President Donald Trump legitimising Israel’s annexation of Jerusalem.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said Mohammed al-Masri had been shot dead by Israeli troops in southern Gaza.

His was the first death in demonstrations against US President Donald Trump’s statement on Wednesday that his administration recognises Israel’s claim that Jerusalem is its capital.

In a statement, the Israeli military said that, during clashes along the border fence, soldiers had “fired selectively at two main instigators” and confirmed hitting them.

The Palestinian Health Ministry said that more than 50 people had been injured at protests in the West Bank, East Jerusalem — which Palestinians see as their future capital — and Gaza following Friday prayers, nine of them by live fire.

Solidarity demonstrations were held in neighbouring Lebanon, Jordan and Egypt as well as Turkey, Iran, Pakistan, India, Bangladesh, Malaysia, Indonesia and Somalia.

More than 5,000 Lebanese and Palestinians marched from the Imam Ali mosque in Beirut to the the Shatila refugee camp cemetery where hundreds of victims of the 1982 Israeli invasion are buried.

At a summit of the United Nations security council permanent members and Lebanon in Paris yesterday, US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said it might take years to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, in line with the 1995 Congressional legislation that Mr Trump used to justify his decision.

He stressed the US would leave it to Israel and Palestine to “negotiate and decide” Jerusalem’s borders as part of the elusive two-state solution.

The UN security council was set for an emergency meeting last night, ahead of today’s Arab League meeting.

The UN general assembly’s committee on the exercise of the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people urged Washington to reverse the decision, which would “only further embolden Israel, the occupying power, in pursuing its illegal actions, including its unlawful annexation of East Jerusalem.”

That would “heighten tensions, with far-reaching repercussions and unimaginable consequences in the wider Middle East region and throughout the world.”

No other country has emulated Mr Trump’s example. EU states have said they will keep their embassies in Tel Aviv.

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