Palestinian protests called against Pence visit to al-Quds

Palestinian protests called against Pence visit to al-Quds
Sun Dec 17, 2017 09:51:01

Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas's Fatah faction on Saturday called for a massive demonstration next week to protest against a visit to al-Quds (Jerusalem) by US Vice President Mike Pence, after Washington said it would recognise the holy city as Israel's capital.

(AFP) -- The call to protest came as thousands of Palestinians took part in funerals for four men killed Friday in clashes with Israeli forces during protests in the West Bank and in the Gaza Strip.

Funerals were also held for the two other Palestinians killed by Israeli forces in Gaza, where the enclave's Hamas rulers had on Friday called for a "day of rage".

One of those killed was Ibrahim Abu Thurayeh, a Palestinian who lost his legs in an Israeli attack a decade ago. With his wheelchair, he was a regular feature at protests along Gaza's border with Israel.

Hamas chief Ismail Haniya attended Abu Thurayeh's funeral in a refugee camp west of Gaza City.

Friday's deaths brought to eight the number of Palestinians killed in violence or air strikes since Trump's al-Quds move, and hundreds have been wounded.

(Photo: AFP)

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