20 March 2018

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Israeli raids on Gaza: 4 Palestinians killed

The raids are in response to three missiles launched from the Strip that did not cause  any victims. 217 Palestinians injured in the demonstrations in East Jerusalem and the West Bank. Protests against Trump's decision on Jerusalem in many Arab and Islamic countries.

Jerusalem (AsiaNews / Agencies) - An early morning Israeli air-raid on Gaza killed two people. Two other killed people were found today under the rubble of a building struck yesterday by other Israeli raids in response to missile launches from the Strip, which have not caused any victims.

The Israeli army has announced that it has targeted Hamas "bomb production sites, a weapons depot, a military base". Today's raids hit a base in Nusseirat, in the center of the Strip; those of yesterday destroyed some buildings in Beit Lahiya, in the north of the territory under the Hamas government.

Yesterday there were demonstrations and protests in Gaza and in the occupied Palestinian territories in what was called a "day of rage" against the decision of US President Donald Trump to move the US embassy to Jerusalem, recognizing the latter as the capital of Israel instead of Tel Aviv.

Yesterday  three missiles were launched from Gaza. One of them hit the Israeli city of Sderot, but - according to the Israeli army - the missile did not explode. Another missile was intercepted by the Iron Dome defense system. The third was lost and does not seem to have reached Israeli territory.

Israel's military raids have killed four and 16 wounded, including women and children.

217 Palestinians were injured in the clashes between Israeli soldiers and Palestinian demonstrators in the West Bank and in East Jerusalem.
Trump's decision is fueling protests in many Arab and Islamic countries. Thousands of people marched in Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, Turkey, Tunisia, Iran. There were also demonstrations in solidarity with the Palestinians in Malaysia, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Kashmir (India) and Indonesia.

See also

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Donald Trump: “it is time to officially recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel”

Speaking at the White House, the US leader said that Jerusalem "is now also the heart of one of the most successful democracies in the world", calling for "calm, for moderation". The city has always been at the heart of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

06/12/2017 10:26:00 ISRAEL-USA
Ex-Israeli ambassadors to Trump: do not recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel

The situation in Jerusalem must be dealt with in the global resolution process. Arab leaders and not only warn about the dangers of the decision. Trump will announce the decision today. Peace in the region is at risk. 

07/12/2017 09:53:00 PALESTINE-USA
Jerusalem capital: the anger and disillusionment of the Palestinians

Three days of protest and demonstrations against Trump's decision. In Gaza the protests started already before the announcement. Desperation among the Palestinians: "We have already lost everything".

As efforts to stop the war in Gaza intensify, death toll tops 800
Israel and Hamas are vetting a proposal US Secretary of State John Kerry for a temporary ceasefire, during which the parties meet to seek a wider agreement with Egypt's mediation. Yesterday, Israel hit a UN hospital in Gaza, killing at least 15 civilians.

Israel kills another Hamas leader. Gaza offensive continues
Abu Zakaria al-Jamal has been killed. Khaled Mashaal is threatening Tel Aviv, and urging the Muslim world to unite. Demonstrations in many Islamic countries. Humanitarian crisis worsens.

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