Palestinians Injured During Protests After U.S. Deem Jerusalem Israel's Capital
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Palestinians Injured During Protests After U.S. Deem Jerusalem Israel's Capital

Jack LeCouer By Jack LeCouer - December 7, 2017

The UN Security Council has called an emergency meeting to take place tomorrow amid growing tensions in the Middle East.

Violent protests have broken out in Ramallah and Bethlehem following Donald Trump's decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

More than a dozen Palestinians have been injured in clashes in the occupied West Bank - while Israel has deployed hundreds of extra troops to the area.

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Saudi Arabia has called the US decision 'unjustified and irresponsible'.

 

Israel's prime minister has urged other countries to follow the US in recognising Jerusalem as its capital.

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President Trump, who promised the move in his election campaign, says the recognition is "long overdue", even though Palestinians also claim it.

But it has been widely criticised - Islamist group Hamas says the decision will "open the gates of hell"

However the former Time Magazine bureau chief, David Aikman, says the US has reason to see Jerusalem as a working capital.

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The Palestinians, who also claim the city as their capital, say the move has destroyed the middle east peace process.

Foreign Affairs Minister Simon Coveney says President Trump's announcement is "very disappointing and difficult to understand".

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Donald Trump says his decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of the state of Israel is "the right thing to do".

British Prime Minister Theresa May has also called it unhelpful in terms of prospects for peace in the region.

Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas remains defiant.

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Former US ambassador to Israel Jamie Cunningham struggles to see the benefits of changing how it's recognised.

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