Palestinian protesters confront Israeli army in West Bank

At least eight Palestinians were hurt Wednesday in confrontations with Israeli troops at the Qalandia army checkpoint between the northern West Bank and Jerusalem, according to the Palestinian Red Crescent Society (PRCS).

"Injured Palestinians, who suffered temporary asphyxia after inhaling excessive amounts of teargas, were treated at the scene," the PRCS said in a statement.

Earlier Wednesday, scores of Palestinian women advanced on the checkpoint to protest last December's U.S. decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital.

The Palestinian territories have remained tense since U.S. President Donald Trump announced the move on Dec. 6, drawing widespread condemnation and protest from across the Arab and Muslim world.

Since then, at least 25 Palestinian protesters have been martyred -- and thousands more injured -- in clashes with Israeli forces in the West Bank, East Jerusalem and Gaza Strip.

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