• Palestinian protesters seen hurling rocks while Israeli troops fired teared gas to disperse crowds in Bethlehem
  • Pro-Hezbollah newspaper al-Akhbar carried front page saying 'Death to America' along with a burning US flag
  • Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said US had 'pulled the pin on a bomb ready to blow in the region'
  • The Palestinian terrorist group Hamas last night condemned recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital
  • Islamists called for 'days of rage' and new 'intifada' uprising after saying Trump had 'opened the gates of hell'
  • Israeli military to deploy extra troops to the West Bank with mass Palestinian protests expected on Friday
  • Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu claims other states are now considering following America's lead

Violent protests have broken out in Bethlehem today after US President Donald Trump enraged the Middle East by recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

Palestinians torched debris and hurled rocks towards Israeli troops who fired tear gas and water cannons to disperse a demonstration in the town. Rallies are also underway in the West Bank cities of Hebron, Ramallah, Nablus and Jenin.

It comes after Trump sparked fury with his White House announcement yesterday, which changed decades of American policy and sparked warnings from Hamas of a new intifada, or uprising, against Israel.

Amid growing fears of fresh bloodshed in the region, the Islamist group said the President had 'opened the gates of hell' with his 'flagrant aggression' while a pro-Hezbollah newspaper in Lebanon has declared 'Death to America' on a front page showing a burning US flag.

This morning, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan accused Trump of throwing the Middle East into a 'ring of fire' and compared him to a 'blender' stirring up trouble in the area. The Country's Prime Minister Binali Yildirim said the US 'has pulled the pin on a bomb ready to blow in the region.'
Russia said today that it viewed Trump's move with 'serious concern' and will criticise the new stance at the UN Security Council. Britain's Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson described the new stance as 'not helpful'.

But Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Trump had 'bound himself forever' to the history of Jerusalem with his announcement and claimed other states are now considering following the U.S. lead.

Spontaneous protests broke out in Gaza overnight, with angry youths burning tires, American and Israeli flags and Trump posters. The Israeli military said it would deploy several battalions to the West Bank ahead of Friday, while other troops have been put on alert to address 'possible developments.'

Violent protests have broken out in Bethlehem (pictured) today after US President Donald Trump enraged the Middle East by recognising Jerusalem as Israel's capital


Footage shows Palestinians burning tyres and hurling rocks towards Israeli troops who fired off tear gas to disperse the demonstration in the city.

Boiling over: Rallies are also underway in the West Bank cities of Hebron, Ramallah (pictured), Nablus and Jenin

Furious Palestinian protesters could be seen burning an effigy of Donald Trump in the West Bank city of Nablus this morning.

A Palestinian protester prepares to hurl a rock at Israeli troops during a rally in the West Bank city of Ramallah this morning