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900 wounded, 4 killed incl wheelchair-bound Gazan as Israel cracks down on protesters

Israeli occupation forces yesterday killed four Palestinian protesters and wounded 793 others in occupied West Bank, Jerusalem and the besieged Gaza Strip, Palestinian medical sources said.

The Palestinian sources identified the four dead as Basil Ibrahim, 29, from Jerusalem, Mohamed Aqel, 21, from Hebron, Yaser Sukkar, 23, and Ibrahim Abu-Thurayya, 29, from Gaza.

One of the dead, Abu-Thurayya, was disabled having lost both his legs previously. He was shot by an Israeli sniper in the head.

Meanwhile, the Palestinian Red Crescent (PRC) said that the Israeli occupation wounded 793 protesters across the occupied territories.

According to the PRC, 566 were wounded in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem and 227 in the Gaza Strip. It noted that the Israeli occupation forces shot 111 of them with live bullets.

Spokesman of the Palestinian Ministry of Health Ashraf Al-Qidra said in a statement that the Israeli occupation forces used explosive live bullets in its crackdown on the unarmed protesters.

Al-Qidra called for the regional powers and the international community to protect unarmed Palestinian protesters from the “savage crackdown” of the Israeli occupation.

Trump’s announcement, reversing decades of US policy which treated Jerusalem’s status as a matter for Israeli-Palestinian negotiation, stirred anger across the Arab and Muslim world and concern among Washington’s European allies.

Tension has risen across the Palestinian territories since US President Donald Trump’s decision to officially recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Most countries consider East Jerusalem, which Israel annexed after capturing it in a 1967 war, to be occupied territory, and say the status of the city should be left to be decided at future Israeli-Palestinian talks.

While the international community has almost unanimously disagreed with Donald Trump’s announcement, reports suggest that the announcement was done with the pre-agreement of Egypt and Saudi Arabia, with the Saudi Arabia going as far as, allegedly, stating to the Palestinian President to accept a village on the outskirts of Jerusalem as the alternative Palestinian capital.

US Vice President Mike Pence was scheduled to visit Israel, as well as Egypt, next week. However, due to the PA’s refusals to meet him, he has now cancelled part of his trip.

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