The Israeli military said it was reinforcing troops deployed in the occupied West Bank on Thursday as Palestinians protested against the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital.
Several new army battalions would be deployed and other forces put on standby, a military statement said, calling the measures "part of the IDF's (Israel Defence Forces) readiness for possible developments".
02:20 dk 07 Aralık 2017 Reuters Agency Hundreds protest in Istanbul, Ankara over Trump's Jerusalem move
Hundreds of Turks protested in the country's major cities such as Istanbul and Ankara over U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital. The protesters condemned the decision and chanted pro-Palestinian slogans.
Israel arrests 35 Palestinians in overnight raids
The Israeli army detained 35 Palestinians in overnight raids in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, a Palestinian NGO said on Thursday.“Israeli army forces detained 22 Palestinians after raiding their homes in Kasra village near Nablus in the northern West Bank,” the Palestinian Prisoners Society said in a statement.“Seven other Palestinians were arrested from the central and northern West Bank cities of Ramallah, and Jenin,” it added.According to the Prisoners Society, the Israeli army also arrested six Palestinians from occupied East Jerusalem.Galeri: Gazans demonstrate against Trump’s Jerusalem moveThe Israeli army frequently carries out wide-ranging arrest campaigns in the West Bank on the pretext of searching for "wanted" Palestinians.According to Palestinian official figures, more than 6,400 Palestinians are currently held in detention facilities throughout Israel.The arrests come amid tension in the Palestinian territories after U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and move the U.S. embassy to the city.Israeli troops reinforce West Bank after US move over JerusalemEast Jerusalem businesses closed as Palestinians strikeHamas calls for new Palestinian intifada against Israel
East Jerusalem businesses closed as Palestinians strike
Schools and businesses were closed across East Jerusalem on Thursday as Palestinians staged a general strike to protest the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as capital of Israel.The city’s main commercial center and Old City remained shuttered as shops and offices responded to Wednesday night’s call for a strike by Palestinian leaders.Israeli security forces were out in force in the cramped alleys of the Old City.Hamas calls for new Palestinian intifada against IsraelMuslim scholars blast US embassy move to JerusalemErdoğan: Trump’s Jerusalem step ‘will throw the region into a ring of fire'On Wednesday, U.S. President Donald Trump announced the decision to recognize Jerusalem and move the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv despite widespread international opposition. Jerusalem remains at the core of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem -- now occupied by Israel -- might serve as the capital of a future Palestinian state.Ahead of his election last year, Trump repeatedly promised to relocate the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem.Video: Erdoğan: Jerusalem is the red line of Muslims
Pakistani President condemns US move on Jerusalem
Pakistan's President Mamnoon Hussain on Thursday called U.S President Donald Trump's decision to recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel 'unacceptable to the Muslim world', state-run media reported.In a speech telecast on Pakistan Television, Hussain said the decision was a serious violation of international law and UN Security Council regulations.The move will serve a serious blow to the Middle East peace process, he added, during his address at an event at the Presidency in capital Islamabad.Palestinian resistance groups decry US Jerusalem moveTrump announced his decision on Wednesday despite widespread international opposition to formally recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.Jerusalem remains at the core of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem -- now occupied by Israel -- might eventually serve as the capital of a future Palestinian state. Ahead of his election last year, Trump repeatedly promised to relocate the U.S. Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.Turkey will host an extraordinary meeting of the OIC on Dec. 13 to discuss the U.S. move.Arab countries denounce US Jerusalem moveTurkish, Pakistani presidents discuss JerusalemGaleri: Worldwide protests after Trump's Jerusalem move