Moscow Reaffirms Illegality of Israeli Settlement Activities on Palestinian Soil

Mahmoud Abbas

Mahmoud Abbas Flash 90

Continuing demonstrations in the Gaza Strip follow President Donald Trump's announcement last December that the USA would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The United Nations Security Council Resolution 2334, which considered Israel's establishment of settlements in Palestinian territory occupied since 1967, including East Jerusalem, had no legal validity, is a clear expression of the global consensus in this regard, said the minister.

And protests in Palestine mean Israeli troops out in force to crack down on the protesters, with reports out of the region that well over 100 protesters were wounded, including at least 41 shot with live or rubber bullets, and another 100 or so suffering from tear gas inhalation.

Ahed Tamimi, 16, was charged on January 1 with 12 counts including assault for slapping and kicking Israeli soldiers near her home in the West Bank.

Another 16-year-old, Omar Qadous, also died from a gunshot injury Friday during protests near the villages of Iraq Burin and Til. Palestinian Authority officials, though, said the soldiers fired without reason.

According to the Israeli anti-settlement group Peace Now, Israeli officials previous year approved the construction of 6,742 new settlement units in the West Bank and East Jerusalem - the highest number since 2013.

Israeli forces opened live fire on the protesters, who threw rocks towards the border fence, tens of meters away from Israeli forces.

At least 17 Palestinians have been killed and thousands more injured in the wave of protests that have gripped the West Bank and Gaza following Trump's decision, with hundreds of Palestinians voicing their indignation with the move every week after Friday prayers.

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