Palestinians: 2 teens killed in clashes with Israeli army

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The Palestinian Authority has retained some contact with the Trump administration, despite vowing to cut off all ties to United States leadership in protest of its recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital, the London-based Arabic newspaper Al-Hayat reported Saturday.

The current wave of Palestinian protests was sparked by US President Donald Trump's decision in early December to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The number of injured Palestinians could not be confirmed.

An Israeli army spokesperson told Ma'an that "violent riots" broke out in two locations along the Gaza border, with Palestinians rolling burning tires and throwing rocks at the border fence. The Israeli military said "violent riots" took place along the border fence and that after firing warning shots into the air, troops opened fire at three protesters who "posed a threat" to the security fence and to soldiers.

In the West Bank, five people were wounded by rubber bullets in clashes with the Israel Defense Forces.

The Israeli defence ministry claimed that a year ago the PA paid more than 550 million shekels ($160 million) to Palestinian prisoners, freed prisoners and their families, as well as 687 million shekels ($190 million) to the families of Palestinians killed or wounded by Israel.

"An Israeli father of six was killed last night in cold blood by Palestinian terrorists", Friedman said on Twitter on Wednesday after a 35-year-old was killed near an illegal Israeli settlement near Nablus.

Reports say Israeli forces had stationed themselves at the entrance of Nabi Saleh an hour before the protest, preventing many foreign activists and journalists from entering the village after which they dispersed protesters with teargas.

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