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27 Jan 2020 | 11:28 PM UTC

Israel/Palestinian Terr.: “Day of Rage” demonstrations expected nationwide January 29, 31

Palestinian authorities have called for “Day of Rage” demonstrations throughout the Palestinian Territories on January 29 and 31, as US President Donald Trump unveils Middle East peace plan on January 28; clashes between protesters and security forces anticipated

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Event

US President Donald Trump is expected to announce his plan for peace in the Middle East at 17:00 (GMT time) on Tuesday, January 28. Palestinian authorities have reportedly rejected the deal and warned of "serious consequences" for the region if the plan goes against the "sovereignty or identity" of the Palestinian people. Palestinian Authority officials have called for "Day of Rage" demonstrations on Wednesday, January 29, and Friday, January 31. The Palestinian National and Islamic Forces are reportedly organizing protests on Wednesday morning (local time) in the northern Jordan Valley and marches in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. On Friday, the Palestinian National and Islamic Forces are calling on supporters to gather at the Al-Aqsa Mosque in Jerusalem - likely coinciding with afternoon prayers.

Further protest action is anticipated in major urban areas throughout the Palestinian Territories on both Wednesday and Friday. Similar demonstrations, particularly in areas related to US politically-conditioned funding, are also possible in Ramallah, Al-Bireh Governorate, West Bank, Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip on Tuesday to coincide with President Trump's announcement. A heightened security presence and localized transportation and business disruptions are expected near any demonstration. Clashes between security forces and protesters cannot be ruled out. 

Advice

Individuals in Israel and the Palestinian Territories are advised to monitor developments to the situation, avoid all public demonstrations as a precaution, and adhere to instructions issued by local authorities and their home governments.

Some Western governments advise their citizens against all travel to the West Bank, the Gaza Strip, and areas near the Israeli-Lebanese, Israeli-Syrian, and Israeli-Egyptian borders.