A Palestinian protester, who identified himself as Ahmed, poses for a photograph in front of burning tires at the scene of clashes with Israeli troops near the border with Israel, east of Gaza City, January 12, 2018. REUTERS/Mohammed Salem
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Confrontations between young Palestinians and Israeli soldiers have taken on a life of their own since Palestinian leaders called for protests against U.S. President Donald Trump's decision to treat occupied Jerusalem as Israel's capital. While Hamas, Fatah and other groups call for a weekly show of strength Fridays, dozens of stone-throwers turn out along the border between Gaza and Israel every day, even when, as last Friday, a protest is called off due to bad weather.Hamas seized control of the Gaza Strip from Fatah forces in 2007 .Slow unity efforts are another hot-button issue: Some blame Hamas for balking at handing full control of Gaza to the Palestinian Authority while others criticize Fatah for retaining salary cuts in Gaza.Almost three-quarters of university students and 69 percent of all 18- to 22-year-olds want Abbas to resign, compared with 59 percent of Palestinians aged 50 and above, a December poll by the Palestinian Center for Policy and Survey Research showed.Sixteen Palestinians and one Israeli have been killed in protests since Trump's Dec. 6 announcement and hundreds of Palestinians have been injured, eight on the Gaza border Friday alone, according to the territory's Health Ministry.
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