Israel Approves More than 1100 New Settler Housing Units in West Bank

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Soldiers open fire on stone-throwing demonstrators in Gaza and the West Bank, killing two teens and wounding others.

Spokesperson of the Gaza Ministry of Health, Ashraf al-Qidra, said that 16-year-old Amir Abd al-Hamid Abu Musaed was killed after being shot in the chest with a live bullet.

The most intense clashes erupted in Gaza where Israeli forces fired live ammunition to deter protesters from trespassing on Israeli territory.

In addition, six young Palestinians were wounded in clashes in the village of Allaban, southern Nablus, as a journalist was injured by a sound bomb in Al-Khali, or Hebron.

The military said forces were conducting searches in a neighbouring village for the suspect behind the shooting death this week of an Israeli man when Palestinians hurled a "massive" amount of rocks at them.

Israeli settlements violate the Fourth Geneva Convention, which states that an occupying power can not transfer its population into the territory it occupies.

Relations between the Palestinians and Washington soured last month after Trump announced the U.S. would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, generating outrage across the Arab world and concern among Washington's Western allies.

In an annual press conference with foreign press held Wednesday, Israeli Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, stated that the government and Knesset headquarters will be in Jerusalem, regardless of the peace negotiations' results, Sputnik new agency reported.

Continuing demonstrations in the Gaza Strip follow President Donald Trump's announcement last December that the USA would recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Israel captured eastern Jerusalem - which includes Judaism's holiest sites, the Temple Mount and the Western Wall in the Old City - and the West Bank in the 1967 defensive war, seizing it from Jordanian occupation and reuniting the city.

But Palestinians, who see East Jerusalem as their own future capital, have continued their protests, first daily, and now every week on Friday.

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