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Protests held worldwide against Jerusalem capital move

Israeli forces kill three Palestinians amid outpouring of anger over US move to recognise holy city as Israel's capital.

Jerusalem's Old City

Two Palestinians have been killed by Israeli security forces in the Gaza Strip as thousands of people protest in the occupied Palestinian territories and across the world over the US decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Another Palestinian was fatally shot by Israeli forces on Friday in Ramallah, in the occupied West Bank, after an alleged stabbing attempt. 

More than a week after US President Donald Trump announced the decision to move the US embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, anger among Palestinians and their supporters continues to grow.

After Friday prayers concluded at al-Aqsa Mosque in occupied East Jerusalem, hundreds of Palestinians took to the streets to demonstrate but were prevented from entering the Old City by barricades put up by Israelis.

Marches also took place to the north in Ramallah and in Bethlehem, where protesters faced off with Israeli soldiers. 

Rallies against Trump's decision also took place in the Indian city of Mumbai, the Malaysian capital, Kuala Lumpur, and the Japanese capital, Tokyo.

The US announcement attracted strong condemnation from Muslim countries, and the 57-member Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) declared East Jerusalem the capital of Palestine in response at its meeting in Istanbul this week.

Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister, has dismissed the move.

"The truth will win in the end and many countries will certainly recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and also move their embassies," he said in response to the OIC declaration. 


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