Israeli border policemen shoot a Palestinian with a knife and what looks like an explosive belt near the Jewish settlement of Beit El. REUTERS/Goran Tomasevic
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Israeli troops shot dead four Palestinians and wounded at least 160 others with live fire Friday, medical officials said, as protests over U.S. President Donald Trump's recognition of occupied Jerusalem as Israel's capital entered a second week.In the occupied West Bank, another area where Palestinians are seeking statehood along with adjacent occupied East Jerusalem, medics said two protesters were killed and 10 wounded by Israeli gunfire. Palestinians – and the wider Arab and Muslim world – were incensed at Trump's Dec. 6 announcement, which reversed decades of U.S. policy reticence on Jerusalem, a city where both Israel and the Palestinians want sovereignty.The Israeli military said that, Friday, about 3,500 Palestinians demonstrated near the Gaza border fence.Aides to Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas said he would not meet with Pence, who is now scheduled to arrive in Israel from Egypt Wednesday.Friday, in another declaration likely to enflame passions among Palestinians and others across the Middle East, senior Trump administration officials outlined their view that the Western Wall in East Jerusalem, considered Judaism's holiest site, will ultimately be declared a part of Israel.
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