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Jerusalem riots in Indonesia and Malaysia after ‘day of rage’ threat

(The Sun)  Riots sparked by Donald Trump’s provocative move to recognise the Holy City of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital have spread around the globe.

Furious protesters have joined rallies in countries including Malaysia, Indonesia,  Iran, Syria and even America after terror group Hamas called for a “day of rage” in response to the US President’s announcement.

Muslims in Indonesia and Malaysia joined rallies outside the countries’ US embassies with Malaysia’s sports minister Khairy Jamaluddin threatening “the world will rise against the United States”.

Hundreds have also taken part in protests in Iran where state TV aired footage of marchers chanting “Death to America” and “Death to Israel” while holding up Palestinian flags and banners.

Palestinian Islamist movement Hamas, which runs the Gaza Strip, has called for a “day of rage” with its leader Ismail Haniya said a new upraising should be launched.

Hundreds more police officers have been deployed in Jerusalem’s Old City today with further conflicts feared.

Thursday saw clashes between Palestinians and Israeli troops in cities throughout the West Bank – including the holy city of Bethlehem – with at least 16 Palestinians wounded.

Early reports suggested injuries were mostly from tear gas and rubber bullets, but at least one demonstrator was hurt by live fire.

Trump’s announcement was met by an major diplomatic backlash as Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu lavished praise on the president.

EU diplomatic chief Federica Mogherini said the decision could take the region “backwards to even darker times”.

While Russian President Vladimir Putin said he was “deeply concerned” and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said it would put the region in a “ring of fire”.

The United Nations Security Council will meet later today to discuss Trump’s announcement.

Unrest looks set to continue with Palestinian president Mahmud Abbas threatening to refuse to meet US Vice President Mike Pence when he visits the region later this month.

In Lebanon, Hassan Nasrallah, the head of Hezbollah, called for a mass demonstration on Monday while protests are also planned in Turkey and Malaysia.

Demonstrations have even been seen in the US with several hundred protesters taking to the street in Chicago chanting “free Palestine”.

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