Clashes between Palestinians and Israeli security forces Friday left one person dead after calls for a ‘day of rage’, as Washington stood isolated at a UN Security Council debate on US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Israel carried out an air strike on the Gaza Strip after a rocket was fired from the territory, with Palestinian sources reporting 10 people wounded.
In the diplomatic fallout from the deeply controversial declaration, a Palestinian official warned that president Mahmud Abbas could refuse to meet US Vice President Mike Pence on his visit to the region later this month.
The Security Council held an emergency session in New York to discuss Trump’s move, which has drawn near universal condemnation, including from United Nations chief Antonio Guterres.
Five European countries on the council insisted the new US policy was not consistent with past UN resolutions, including one that considers east Jerusalem to be Israeli-occupied.
But the US ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, tried to assure delegates that the White House was serious about the search for peace.
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