Man shot dead by Israeli forces as protests continue in Palestinian territories

30-year-old Mahmoud al-Masri is the first person to have been killed during the demonstrations

Man shot dead by Israeli forces as protests continue in Palestinian territories

Israeli troops use a water cannon to disperse Palestinians protesters in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, 08-12-2017. Image: Mamoun Wazwaz/Xinhua News Agency/PA Images

Updated 16:30

A Palestinian man has been shot dead by the Israeli army during protests against Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.

The Palestinian Health Ministry has confirmed that 30-year-old Mahmoud al-Masri was killed close to the Gaza Strip’s border with Israel.

A second man was previously said to have been killed, but the report was later retracted. The health ministry has said he is in critical condition.

The death is the first to be recorded amid widespread protests against plans to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem – a city claimed by both Israelis and Palestinians.

Day of Rage

Palestinians have declared Friday a "Day of Rage" with protests in cities including Jerusalem, Ramallah and Gaza's Khan Younis - where the two men were killed.

At least 3,000 people have taken part in the protests – with demonstrators burning Israeli flags and images of President Trump.

At least forty other Palestinian people have been wounded by Israeli fire on the border. 

A spokesperson for the Israeli military this afternoon said that protesters were rolling burning tyres and throwing rocks at soldiers across the border.

An army statement said soldiers had fired “selectively towards two main instigators and hits were confirmed.”

International condemnation

President Trump’s announcement on Wednesday has been widely condemned by US allies with leaders from around the world warning it have serious consequences for the Middle East peace process.

A protest against the decision was held outside the US embassy in Dublin today.

The UN Security Council is due to hold an emergency meeting this afternoon to discuss how to respond to the situation.

The official recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital ends decades of US policy stipulating that the city's status must be decided in negotiations with the Palestinians.

Israel considers the whole of the city as its "eternal, undivided capital" - but East Jerusalem is considered illegally occupied under international law.

Israel captured the Old City in 1967 and annexed it - but that move was not recognised internationally.

Palestinians view the Eastern part of the city as their own capital.