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Palestinian protesters, Israeli army clash in West Bank

Demonstrators march in Bethlehem, Jordan Valley amid US so-called peace plan rollout

Qais Abu Samra   | 29.01.2020
Palestinian protesters, Israeli army clash in West Bank


Clashes erupted on Wednesday between the Israeli army and Palestinians denouncing the so-called "Deal of the Century".

Palestinian demonstrators marched from the northern entrance of Bethlehem, south of Jerusalem, amid chants condemning the plan proposed by U.S. President Donald Trump.

The Israeli army used rubber bullets and tear gas canisters to break up the march, with protesters pelting stones and torching rubber tires.

Similar clashes erupted near Hebron, according to eyewitnesses.

The Palestinian Red Crescent said 41 people were injured, including three by live ammunition.

On Tuesday, Trump released his oft-delayed plan to end the Israel-Palestine dispute during a press conference at the White House, where he was hosting Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, while Palestinian authorities were not represented.

During the news conference, Trump referred to Jerusalem as "Israel's undivided capital".

Trump’s plan unilaterally annuls previous UN resolutions on the Israel-Palestine dispute and recognizes illegal Israeli settlements in the West Bank.

Thousands of protesters took to the streets in various parts of Palestine and the Jordanian capital Amman in reaction to the plan's formal rollout.

The hashtag #FreePalestine also quickly topped world trending list on Twitter.

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