Published: 2017-12-08 15:50
Last Updated: 2017-12-08 16:09
Hundreds of Turks have demonstrated in many Turkish cities after Friday prayer against the American decision recognising Jerusalem as the capital of Israel, and planning to move the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.
Tens of students also marched at Istanbul University campuses against the decision.
Thousands of Turkish police personnel were deployed in the streets since the early morning aiming to guard the demonstrations, and to organize the traffic.
Protesters held banners on which was written “Jerusalem is ours” and “Jerusalem is Islamic.” They also expressed support for their president Recep Teyyib Ordugan for opposing the decision.
In a very controversial step, Trump on Wednesay recognized Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, and announced he will be moving the American embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, saying this will enhance the peace process between Israel and Palestinians.
Since them, many demonstrations were held across many Islamic countries, condemning the step.
Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas emphasised that Trump's announcement will not change the status of Jerusalem as the capital of Palestine, while Hamas leader Ismael Haneyya urged Palestinians to start a new uprising.