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Israel deploys troops to the threat of a surge of Palestinian violence

Hamas calls a third Intifada after Trump's statement on Jerusalem

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Israel deploys troops to the threat of a surge of Palestinian violence

The army has reinforced several battalions (hundreds of soldiers) and dozens of police units security in occupied territories in face of threat of unleashing a surge of uncontrollable violence. Since second Intifada (2000-2005), most serious recorded outbreak began in October 2015 — with stabbings and attacks on vehicles — and last summer, when introduction of extraordinary police surveillance measures in Al Aqsa mosque They unleashed a Palestinian uprising.

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The Islamist movement Hamas has called this Thursday to recommence protest after prayer in mosques this Friday. His top leader, Ismail Haniyeh, has summoned from his stronghold of Gaza start of third Intifada on Muslim holy Day "in Defense of Jerusalem".

Alongside boundary of coastal enclave in Jan Yunis (souast), clashes with Israeli troops were reported to have resulted in serious injuries. The clashes have also been intense in accesses to Ramallah, administrative seat of Palestinian Authority in center of West Bank, and of Bethlehem, in Nablus (north), and especially in Hebron (south), city shared by some hundreds of settlers with 200,000 Palestinians.

Security forces — soldiers and border police — have tried to disperse riots — starring young people marching to cry of "Jerusalem is capital of Palestine" — with shots of tear gas grenades, rubber-coated bullets, and Royal fire, according to reports collected by Palestinian Red Crescent.

Amid growing tensions in Jerusalem and West Bank, anti-aircraft sirens have again sown alarm in sourn Israel. The army has reported that two rockets launched from Gaza have ended up impacting near border inside Palestinian strip. Already in evening, Air Force has responded with usual retaliatory measure: targeted bombardments of Hamas military positions, despite fact that rocket launches are often attributed to Al-Quds brigades, Islamic Jihad militia, or Radical groups Salafi close to ISIS.

The fear of bloody clashes this Friday — following call for popular mobilization — has been increased this Thursday by violent protests that emerged during general strike convened by Parties and social organizations Palestinians, who have had a broad follow-up. The strike against decision to recognize Jerusalem as capital of Israel and announcement of US embassy's transfer from Tel Aviv has been seconded by traders in East Jerusalem and large Palestinian populations, as well as in universities and rest or schools.

Although President Trump insisted that his statement did not imply determination of definitive municipal boundaries or final status of Jerusalem, Palestinian leaders believe that US has already opted for Israeli side, before Even if negotiations have begun. The promise of a two-state solution without Washington's impartial mediation — only power that has real capacity to impose its dictation on Israel — loses meaning for most Palestinians. Its national identity is precisely symbolized by its presence in city of Jerusalem and historically linked to holy Islamic places of esplanade of mosques.

Israeli prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, meanwhile, congratulated himself again this Thursday on Trump's statement. "I have no doubt that or countries are going to move ir embassies to Jerusalem," he assured in a diplomatic act. The Israeli press anticipated that Czech Republic and Philippines will be first to follow in USA after breaking seven decades of international consensus on holy city.


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