Thousands of Palestinians to rally for 'Day of Rage' in reaction to Trump's Jerusalem move

Thousands of Palestinians to rally for 'Day of Rage' in reaction to Trump's Jerusalem move
Palestinians are expected to rally in their thousands as Palestinian Hamas movement declared Friday to be a 'Day of Rage' in reaction to Trump's Jerusalem move.
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08 December, 2017
Palestinians unite as they demonstrate against Trump's Jerusalem move [Getty]
Palestinians in their thousands are expected to rally in demonstrations across the occupied West Bank as Hamas calls for a "day of rage" in reaction to US President Donald Trump recognising Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

Israeli police have deployed reinforcements in and around Jerusalem's Old City ahead of Friday prayers. Palestinian sources have been reporting an increase of Israelis storming the al-Aqsa compound since Trump’s decision.

"Several hundred additional police and border police have been deployed inside and in the vicinity of the Old City," police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said.

Hamas leader Ismail Haniya called for a new Palestinian uprising in retaliation to Trump's move in a speech on Thursday.

Haniya's address to "the Palestinian people, the Palestinian Authority and the rest of the Arab World" announced the start of a new intifada, due to begin on Friday.

"This intifada will be the Intifada of the Stone," the leader of the Palestinian movement said, urging that it begins on Friday, a holy day for Muslims.

He described Trump's decision as an "aggression on our people and a war on our safety."

See in pictures: West Bank Palestinians protest Trump's Jerusalem move

The rally comes after Israeli soldiers attacked hundreds of Palestinians on Thursday who were protesting in cities across the West Bank and Gaza Strip against the US president's controversial move.

Trump caused outrage and concern after dismissing warnings from Arab leaders, European allies and even the Pope by announcing the US' recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital on Wednesday.

The demonstrators were seen burning posters of Trump and of Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu, as well as American and Israeli flags in response to what they refer to as an act of war and the end of the peace process. 

Agencies contributed to this report