In Palestine, Israeli troops have martyred three Palestinian youth near Gaza border. Two of the Palestinians killed were aged 18 and the third aged 17, a police source in Gaza said.
The source said they were civilians without militant affiliations in Gaza.
According to the Palestinian Central Bureau of Statistics, Israel occupies around 85% of the historical territory of Palestine. The total occupation of East Jerusalem became the largest obstacle to resolving the Palestinian-Israeli conflict. Israel fully occupies the historical city, which forms the heart of the Palestinian cause.
Meanwhile, more than 316,000 Palestinians live in East Jerusalem, and those who refuse to hold Israeli citizenship use Jerusalem identity cards as residence permits. Attempts by Israel to annex East Jerusalem include a Knesset resolution in 1980 in which it declared western and eastern parts of the city the “eternal and united” capital of Israel.
On Dec. 6, 2017, U.S. President Donald Trump signed a decree that recognized Jerusalem as the “capital” of Israel. Then, on May 14, 2018, the U.S. relocated its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. Israel has been pushing other countries to follow in the footsteps of the U.S. in recognizing Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, including persuading them to relocate their diplomatic missions from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
The West Bank remains under Israeli occupation following the 1967 War, where Israel began to administrate it and build illegal Jewish settlements. Some 500,000 Jewish settlers currently live in some 250 illegal settlements in the West Bank.
Palestinian institutions are located in Ramallah city, and due to the barrier wall, Palestinians in the West Bank cannot enter Jerusalem unless Israel allows them, mostly during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan when individuals below 12 or above 40 years old can access the city.
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