Hamas calls for Palestinian "popular uprising" against Trump's Jerusalem declaration

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Hamas calls for Palestinian "popular uprising" against Trump's Jerusalem declaration

Dr Ashraf al-Qidra, the spokesperson for the health ministry, told local media that the bodies of two Hamas fighters were recovered at dawn from training sites of the Qassam Brigades armed wing in the south of Gaza City.

The Israeli shelling was a response to six makeshift rockets fired from the coastal enclave into southern Israel. There was no mention of casualties.

The fighters were identified as Mahmoud al-Atal, 28 and Mohammed Safadi, 30.

Jerusalem's status has always been at the center of the religious and political Israeli-Arab conflict.

There has never been a Palestinian people with a unique, documented culture, and no part of Jerusalem was ever their capital. The protesters burned USA and Israeli flags. In siding with Israel on Jerusalem, he has said, the Trump administration effectively disqualified itself as a mediator.

Rosenfeld later said via Twitter that four officers were slightly injured by stones and 13 protesters were arrested at the Damascus Gate area.

In the occupied West Bank and Gaza, which is ruled by Hamas, medics were quoted as saying that at least 31 Palestinians were wounded by Israeli gunfire and rubber bullets. The main disturbances in the West Bank were in Hebron, Al-Arroub, Tulkarm, Ramallah, Qalqilya and Nablus. Palestinian secular and Islamist factions have called for a general strike and rallies on Thursday.

The decision has the potential of uniting the Islamic world, and therefore, could endanger American interests in the region, as well as pose a threat to the safety and security of its citizens, given that the Hezbollah and many other organisations have already called for a new Palestinian Intifada (Uprising).

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas will not hold a planned meeting with US Vice President Mike Pence following Washington's controversial policy shift on Jerusalem, an Abbas aide said on Saturday. Its diplomats and politicians-including presidents-routinely meet Israeli ministers in Jerusalem. Israeli airstrikes against Hamas targets also left a 54-year-old Palestinian man dead in Gaza, CNN reported.

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In response, USA ambassador Nikki Haley said Washington is more committed to peace "than we've ever been before - and we believe we might be closer to that goal than ever before".

Mr Trump clarified in his announcement that the move should not be seen as a "not intended in any way to reflect a departure from" a mutually acceptable peace deal and two-state solution, should "both sides" agree to it.

Wearing traditional Palestinian keffiyeh scarves or the colors of the Palestinian flag, protesters also held placards denouncing Israeli occupation of East Jerusalem and the West Bank.

For decades, the United States had professed neutrality on the fate of Jerusalem, in line with an global consensus that the fate of the holy city should be determined in negotiations.

"We remain committed to achieving a lasting peace agreement". "But in the end we agreed on gradually escalating measures".

Al-Maliki called on the league to instruct its envoys in the United Nations to submit a draft resolution to the US Security Council condemning Trump's decision.

Arab powerhouses are mired in their own internal troubles, their populations exhausted of wars, and the days when Arab leaders could challenge the United States in a meaningful way are long gone.

Trump announced his administration would begin a process of moving the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, a step expected to take years and one that his predecessors opted not to take to avoid inflaming tensions.Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who hailed Trump's announcement as a "historic landmark", said on Thursday many countries would follow the U.S. move and that contacts were underway.

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