Thursday, December 7, 2017

Israeli army deploys reinforcements in West Bank after Trump's speech

Israeli army
The Israeli army on Thursday deployed several battalions in the Palestinian West Bank in anticipation of possible violence after the official recognition by the United States president of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

A military spokeswoman told EFE that after analyzing the general situation, the army decided that a number of battalions will reinforce areas of the West Bank, along with intelligence and territorial defense combat units.

"The American decision represents a declaration of war, an aggression against our people and our sanctuaries," Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh said.

Haniyeh called for a third intifada (uprising) against the Israeli occupation at a press conference in Gaza, warning Donald Trump that Trump would regret his decision.

In the West Bank, tension increased around midday with marches in various cities towards Israeli military checkpoints.

In Ramallah, about 3,000 people gathered in al-Manara Square and, after official speeches, they headed towards an army checkpoint to the north of the city while chanting slogans about marching towards Jerusalem.

At the army checkpoint, hundreds of young people, many with their faces covered with Keffiyehs (the Palestinian scarf), threw stones at the soldiers and burned tires.


  1. The Islamist group Hamas has urged Palestinians to abandon peace efforts and launch a new uprising against Israel in response to US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

    Palestinian factions called for a "Day of Rage" tomorrow following a wave of protest in the West Bank and Gaza brought clashes between Palestinians and Israeli troops.

    At least 31 people have been wounded by Israeli army gunfire, according to medics, after protests erupted.

    In the West Bank four protesters were hit by live fire, and another 20 by rubber bullets.

    A military spokeswoman said soldiers had used "riot-dispersal gear" against hundreds of rock-throwers.

    Seven protesters were wounded by live fire in Gaza, one of whom is in a critical condition, medics have said. Protesters had gathered near the border fence with Israel and threw rocks at soldiers on the other side.

    An Israeli military spokeswoman had no immediate comment.

  2. Siren app says rockets fired into Israel near Gaza strip, IDF says red alert enabled in Hof Ashkelon

  3. Le ministère des Affaires étrangères irakien a convoqué hier l'ambassadeur américain, Douglas Silliman, afin de lui remettre une note de protestation suite à la décision de Donald Trump de reconnaître Jérusalem comme capitale d'Israël.

    «L'administration américaine doit retirer sa décision afin de stopper toute escalade dangereuse qui alimenterait l'extrémisme et créerait des conditions favorables pour le terrorisme», lit-on dans ce document.


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