The global outrage against Trump's unilateral decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital continued for a second day, and overnight the Muslim world was swept by a wave of deadly protests as millions protested Trump's announcement in a "day of rage". As reported earlier, a man was killed and hundreds injured in clashes in the West Bank, while US flags were burned at mass rallies in Iran, Pakistan and elsewhere.
According to Reuters, over 200 people were injured on Friday as violent protests in Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza went into a second day. Israeli security forces employed tear gas, rubber bullets and even live ammo to disperse the demonstrators.
Burning barricade near the West Bank city of Ramallah December 8, 2017
“A Palestinian was killed by police to the east of the town of Khan Yunis in Gaza,” the Palestinian Health Ministry told Al Jazeera, adding that the cause of death is believed to have been a gunshot wound.
More than 3,000 Palestinians took part in protests in at least 30 locations in the region, the Israeli military said. The unrest began after Friday prayers, when Palestinians began throwing stones at IDF troops.
Palestinians protest on Gaza side December 8, 2017
Scuffles were reported outside the Old City gates in Jerusalem as worshippers, who were leaving the Al Aqsa Mosque, chanted “Jerusalem is ours, Jerusalem is our capital,” and “We don’t need empty words, we need stones and Kalashnikovs” according to RT.
Damascus Gate in Jerusalem's Old City December 7, 2017
Calls for protest were broadcast through mosque loudspeakers in Gaza. They weren’t left unanswered as Palestinian youths set tires on fire and marched in hundreds towards the border of the Hamas-controlled enclave with Israel.
Trump's announcement was slammed internationally as being dangerous and counterproductive to a peaceful settlement of the protracted conflict.
Palestinian outrage this week was shared in the Muslim world as thousands of people took to the streets in many countries. Hundreds of people rallied across Iran as they burned portraits of Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, chanting “death to the devil!”
Tehran, Iran December 8, 2017
Old Cairo, Egypt December 8, 2017
Hundreds of demonstrators set fire to US flags in the Pakistani city of Peshawar, with rallies also reported in the capital Islamabad, Swat and Quetta.
“Death to America! Death to Trump and Israel!” protesters chanted in Afghanistan’s capital, Kabul, where effigies of Trump and at least one US flag were burned. Several hundred people also took part in a rally against recognition of Jerusalem outside the US Embassy in the Jordanian capital Amman.
There were also rallies in front of US embassies in the Indonesian capital, Jakarta and in Malaysia’s capital, Kuala Lumpur, where several thousand people assembled.