JERUSALEM – The Israeli army deployed on Thursday several battalions in the Palestinian West Bank in anticipation of possible violence after the official recognition by the United States president of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
A military spokeswoman told EFE that after analyzing the general situation, the army decided that a number of battalions will reinforce areas of the West Bank, along with intelligence and territorial defense combat units.
“The American decision represents a declaration of war, an aggression against our people and our sanctuaries,” Hamas political leader Ismail Haniyeh said.
Haniyeh called for a third intifada (uprising) against the Israeli occupation at a press conference in Gaza, warning Donald Trump that Trump would regret his decision.
In the West Bank, tension increased around midday with marches in various cities towards Israeli military checkpoints.
In Ramallah, about 3,000 people gathered in al-Manara Square and, after official speeches, they headed towards an army checkpoint to the north of the city while chanting slogans about marching towards Jerusalem.
At the army checkpoint, hundreds of young people, many with their faces covered with Keffiyehs (the Palestinian scarf), threw stones at the soldiers and burned tires.
A 20-year-old Palestinian called Mustafa Birat, who studies computer science, told EFE that they were protesting because they do not trust their political leaders to do anything, while affirming that Jerusalem is the capital of Palestine.
Pictures of Trump and US flags were burned in the Palestinian cities of Tulkarm and Nablus, while the Red Crescent (equivalent to the Red Cross) confirmed more than a dozen people wounded in clashes in the Qalqilya and Tulkarem.
Low-intensity riots were also reported on the eastern side of the Old City of Jerusalem and the West Bank city of Hebron, with protests dispersed by Israeli security forces.