Iranians hold rallies on Jerusalem Day to support Palestinians

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In Iran's capital of Tehran, thousands joined a Jerusalem Day march on Friday, chanting "Death to Israel" and burning a Trump effigy.

An AFP photographer was shot in the leg as Israeli troops opened fire on Palestinian demonstrators along the Gaza border on Friday, the health ministry and the journalist said. The army said it was taking action to disperse some 10,000 Palestinians, some of whom threw rocks at the troops and burned tyres, and prevent any breach of the fortified frontier fence.

"Occupation forces directly targeted our ambulances with tear gas bombs", ministry spokesman Ashraf al-Qidra said in a statement, adding that at least one Palestinian Red Crescent ambulance had been struck by a tear gas canister.

The Palestinians killed on Friday were three adult men and a 15-year-old boy, Gaza medics said.

Moreover, 618 people, including 48 children, 20 women, two health officials and five media personnel were injured by Israeli gunfire and tear gas.

Organizers linked the protests to the annual "Quds Day" events in Iran, which like the Hamas terror group that rules the Gaza Strip, preaches Israel's destruction and was incensed by the U.S. recognition in December of Jerusalem as the Israeli capital.

Israel has accused Gaza's ruling group, the Islamic militant Hamas, of trying to carry out attacks and damage the fence under the guise of the protests. Israel says Hamas has intentionally provoked the violence, a charge Hamas denies.

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Palestinian UN Ambassador Riyad Mansour told reporters Friday that the Kuwaiti resolution was "extremely balanced", and he said nearly the same text will be put to a vote in the General Assembly.

Israel's use of potentially lethal force against the protesters has drawn global criticism.

Israeli Sports Minister Miri Regev, who pushed for the game to be switched to the disputed and divided city, dismissed accusations that her demand had caused the cancellation and said Messi, his teammates and his family had been threatened by "terror elements".

Abu Ali renewed calls on global community institutions, particularly the United Nations Security Council, for immediate intervention to provide protection for the Palestinian people and relieve their oppression and suffering.

Resolutions adopted by the General Assembly have no binding value, unlike those passed by the Security Council. The Palestinian ambassador said he believes Lajcak will set a date "very soon" - "most likely" it will be next Wednesday afternoon.

"We will work next week to get the maximum number of votes", said a diplomat from a country that supported the move.

Early Friday morning, local eyewitnesses said Israeli forces - using unmanned aerial drones - had torched several protesters' tents east of Gaza's southern city of Rafah.

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