Israeli forces kill at least two Palestinians during clashes over Jerusalem

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Israeli soldiers shot dead a Palestinian man on Friday near the Gaza border in clashes over US President Donald Trump’s recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, the Palestinian Health Ministry said.

The ministry confirmed Mahmoud al Masri, 30, was killed in clashes along the Israeli-Gaza border.

Later in the day, a second Palestinian was killed in Gaza in the ongoing clashes with Israeli forces, the health ministry said.

A statement from Gaza health ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qudra announced the death of “Maher Atallah, 54, in the northern Gaza Strip who was injured in clashes this evening”.

Thousands of Palestinians protested in a “day of rage” on Friday in the occupied West Bank, Gaza and in East Jerusalem against US President Donald Trump’s recognition of the ancient city as Israel’s capital.

The ministry said al Masri died after being struck by live fire east of Khan Younis in southern Gaza Strip, and that more than 250 Palestinians were injured, two of them seriously. A TRT World reporter on ground in Ramallah says over 400 people were injured.

The Israeli army confirmed it had shot two people, accusing them of being “main instigators” of “violent riots.”

Day of rage

Across the Arab and Muslim worlds, thousands of demonstrators took to the streets on Friday, the Muslim holy day, expressing solidarity with the Palestinians and outrage at the US move.

As Friday prayers ended at the Al Aqsa mosque in Jerusalem, worshippers made their way toward the walled Old City gates, chanting “Jerusalem is ours, Jerusalem is our capital,” and “We don’t need empty words, we need stones and Kalashnikovs.”

Some scuffles broke out between protesters and police.