Thousands of Indonesians rally at US embassy over Jerusalem

About 10,000 people demonstrated outside the US embassy in Jakarta on Sunday, December 10, to denounce President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital. (AP)
Updated 10 December 2017
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Thousands of Indonesians rally at US embassy over Jerusalem

JAKARTA, Indonesia: About 10,000 people rallied Sunday outside the US Embassy in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta to denounce President Donald Trump’s decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Similar protests, mostly organized by the Islamist Prosperous Justice Party, or PKS, also were held in many other cities in Indonesia, the world’s most populous Muslim country.
The protests were the third and biggest in Indonesia since Trump’s decision on Thursday.
In the capital, protesters carried banners reading “US Embassy, Get Out from Al Quds,” “Free Jerusalem and Palestinians” and “We are with the Palestinians.” Al-Quds is the Arabic name for Jerusalem.
Wearing traditional Islamic white robes, the protesters also unfurled Indonesian and Palestinian flags.
A written statement from PKS described Trump’s decision as “a form of humiliation and provocation against Muslims all over the world.”
It said similar and simultaneous protests also were held Sunday in at least 10 provincial capitals and cities across Indonesia.
Earlier in the day, another group, calling itself Indonesia’s Volunteers Society, held a similar rally in Jakarta, hundreds of meters (yards) from the embassy.
Indonesian President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has strongly condemned Trump’s move, which he described as a violation of UN resolutions.
Indonesia has long been a strong supporter of Palestinians and has no diplomatic ties with Israel.


US airstrike in Somalia kills 52 Al-Shabab extremists

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US airstrike in Somalia kills 52 Al-Shabab extremists

JOHANNESBURG: The US military says it has carried out an airstrike in Somalia that killed 52 Al-Shabab extremists in response to an attack on Somali forces.
The US Africa Command statement says the airstrike occurred on Saturday near Jilib in Middle Juba region.
The US says Somali forces had come under attack by a “large group” of the Al-Qaeda-linked extremists.
The statement does not say how many Somali forces were killed or wounded. There are no reports of Americans killed or wounded.
Al-Shabab controls large parts of rural southern and central Somalia and continues to carry out high-profile attacks in the capital, Mogadishu, and elsewhere. The group claimed responsibility for the deadly attack on a luxury hotel complex in Kenya’s capital on Tuesday.