Middle East protests erupt after Trump recognizes Jerusalem as Israel's capital

Abbas snubs US Vice President Pence over Jerusalem move

The Palestinian foreign minister said on Saturday that President Mahmoud Abbas would not meet Pence during his visit to the region this month, in a snub over the United States decision.

Turkey on December 9 condemned Israel's "use of disproportionate force" on Palestinians protesting the USA president's recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

Rockets were fired from Gaza and Israeli warplanes carried out raids on the territory.

Netanyahu, who has welcomed Trump's move, will meet with Macron on Sunday ahead of a meeting with European Union foreign ministers in Brussels on Monday.

Erdogan has sought to position himself in the centre of diplomatic efforts to force Trump to reverse his decision and has held talks with French President Emmanuel Macron to that effect.

"We are deeply concerned about the recognition of the first Qibla of the Muslims as the capital of the Israeli invaders", said one senator Faisal Sami.

Israel will not be lectured to by a leader who bombs his own people, jails journalists and helps Iran and Hamas, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said in a sharp rebuttal to the most recent anti-Israel tirade by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

However, Palestinian protests on Saturday were less intense than on the previous two days.

Two members of the militant organisation were killed while the Palestinian health authority said 25 were wounded, including six children. Thirteen demonstrators were arrested and four officers were lightly injured by stones, police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

Trump's declaration on Wednesday was followed by protests and clashes in the Palestinian territories. Across the Arab and Muslim worlds, thousands more protesters had gathered to express solidarity.

The U.S. decision on Jerusalem has been rejected by most states across the world, besides global and regional bodies including the United Nations and the Arab League (AL).

A senior United Arab Emirates (UAE) official said on Saturday that Trump's move was a "gift to radicalism".

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