• Lexi Ponder

Four dead and hundreds injured after protests in Jerusalem

On Dec. 15, 2017, four Palestinians were left dead and hundreds were injured during protests between Israeli troops and protesters opposed President Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, according to CNN. The protests took place in the West Bank and Gaza.

The Israeli army witnessed about 2,500 Palestinians rolling burning tires and throwing firebombs and rocks at the local police in multiple different West Bank cities. The Israeli army also said that about 3,500 Palestinians came into conflict with soldiers along the security fence in Gaza.

According to the Palestinian Health Ministry, two people were killed in Gaza by shots to the head. They identified the two as Yaser Sukar, 23, who was killed in Shujaiyya, which is east of Gaza City, and Ibrahim Abu Tharaya, 29, who died along the Gaza border during the clashes with Israeli troops. Tharaya, a wheelchair-bound double amputee, was photographed multiple times at protests waving a Palestinian flag in his wheelchair.

The other two Palestinians died in the West Bank. They were identified as Basel Mustafa Muhammad Ibrahim, 29, from Anata, and Mohammad Ameen Aqel, who was fatally injured in the Ramallah area of al-Bireh. Police say that Aqel was shot after engaging in a stabbing attack on a border police officer. According to CNN, "Photos taken of Aqel show him wearing what appeared to be an explosive belt. Police have not said whether they believe the belt was real or fake."

More than 300 people were injured and sent to different hospitals in the West Bank and Gaza, according to the health ministry. Most of the injured people were suffering from injuries from tear gas and rubber bullets.