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Scores of Palestinians injured with bullets in Gaza

Palestinians take cover as Israeli forces fire bullets during demonstrations against US President Donald Trump’s decision on Jerusalem in Gaza on 29 December 2017 [Mohammed Asad/Middle East Monitor]

Fifty Palestinians were injured by bullets shot by occupation forces in the besieged Gaza Strip today during demonstrations against US President Donald Trump's decision on Jerusalem.

Spokesperson for the Ministry of Health, Dr Ashraf Al-Qudra, confirmed that 50Palestinians were wounded with live rounds and rubber-coated steel bullets and more than 120 suffered from suffocation as a result of tear gas.

Demonstrations are continuing along the Gaza-Israel border with ambulances still bringing the injured to hospital for treatment.

On 6 December, US President Donald Trump announced his decision to formally recognise a united Jerusalem as Israel's capital and plans to move the American embassy to the occupied city. The decision was severely condemned by numerous foreign and Arab countries around the world.  It has also sparked angry demonstrations across the occupied Palestinian territories and in several Muslim countries.

Israel has cracked down on protesters arresting more than 600 since Trump announced his decision. It has also targeted journalists who have been highlighting its heavy-handed response to unarmed protesters.

Read: Jerusalem is lost only in the eyes of the insolent

Note: This article was updated at 17:13 to reflect the most recently declared number of injuries.

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