The leader of Islamic militant groupon Thursday called for a new Palestinian uprising against the state of Israel in the wake of U.S. President Donald Trump’s as the Israeli capital.
During a speech in Gaza, Ismail Haniyeh said, “We should call for and we should work on launching an intifada in the face of the Zionist enemy,” the Reuters news agency reported.
“We want the uprising to last and continue to let Trump and the occupation regret this decision,” Haniyeh also said.
Hamas killed hundreds of Israelis during an armed uprising in the early 2000s, but the group’s ability to carry out attacks is more limited. Israel has imposed a blockade on the Gaza Strip, and many of Hamas’ supporters in the West Bank have been arrested.
Even so, Hamas possesses a large arsenal of rockets in Gaza capable of striking many areas in Israel.
Meanwhile, clashes between hundreds of Palestinian protesters and Israeli troops erupted across the West Bank on Thursday while demonstrators in Gaza burned posters of President Donald Trump and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as well as Israeli and U.S. flags.
In the West Bank, crowds of protesters set tires on fire and hurled stones at anti-riot troops. In the biblical town of Bethlehem, troops fired water cannons and tear gas to disperse a crowd, in clashes that could cloud the upcoming Christmas celebrations in the town of Jesus’ birth. Projectiles were hurled through the air as protesters shot rocks with slingshots, CBS News correspondent Seth Doane reports. In Ramallah, the seat of the Palestinian government, protesters set tires on fire, sending a thick plume of black smoke over the city.
Iraq’s government on Thursday decried the Trump administration’s decision, calling it “unjust” and urging the United States to revoke it. Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi warned in a statement of “dangerous consequences” for the region’s stability and the world, as hundreds of Iraqis gathered in Baghdad…