09:38 GMT02 December 2020
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    New protests against Washington's Jerusalem decision have flared up in the several cities across the West Bank.

    According to Ma’an News Agency, protesters threw stones at Israeli soldiers, who fired rubber-coated steel bullets and tear gas canisters in response.

    Hundreds of Palestinians organized rallies in several cities in the West Bank, including Ariha (Jericho), Bethlehem and al-Khalil (Hebron) after prayers, according to media reports.

    READ MORE: Israel Approves $11Mln Funding for West Bank Settlement Construction — Reports

    The status of Jerusalem is one of the key issues in the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The Israelis occupied the eastern part of the city during the 1967 war. They insist that Jerusalem is the "single and indivisible" capital of Israel. In turn, the Palestinians want to make the eastern part of the city the capital of their state.

    On December 6, President Donald Trump announced the decision of the United States to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel and to transfer the American embassy there. This decision was condemned by many Islamic and European countries; mass protests took place in Palestine.


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