Israel Defense Forces (IDF) troops carried out a military operation in Tulkarem (West Bank) on Tuesday, December 4. Clashes broke out between Palestinians and the Israeli troops, with dozens of Palestinians throwing rocks at the soldiers during the operation. Israeli troops reportedly fired tear gas and live ammunition to disperse the crowd. One Palestinian man was killed by the gunfire, according to Palestinian officials; hundreds of people attended his funeral later on Tuesday. Further demonstrations and clashes between Palestinians and Israeli troops are possible over the coming days.
Israeli troops frequently carry out security operations and raids in the West Bank. Clashes occasionally break out between Palestinians and IDF soldiers.
A spike in tensions and cross-border incidents has been observed in Israel and the Palestinian Territories in the wake of US President Donald Trump's December 2017 announcement that the US would officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a departure from the previous US and international position of neutrality on the status of the city claimed by both Israelis and Palestinians, and would move the US Embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem. The new embassy was officially opened on May 14.
Individuals present in Israel and the Palestinian Territories are advised to avoid all protests or other public gatherings due to the high risk of violence and to monitor developments to the situation. Due to the underlying terrorist threat, travelers in Israel, the West Bank, and the Gaza Strip are advised to report any suspicious objects or behavior to the authorities. 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.
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