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Saudi Arabia lifts ban on cinemas: government

Riyadh, Dec 11 (APP): Saudi Arabia on Monday announced a lifting of the kingdom’s decades-long ban on cinemas, a landmark decision part of a series of social reforms ushered in by the powerful crown prince.
The culture and information ministry announced in a statement that “commercial cinemas will be allowed to operate in the kingdom as of early 2018, for the first time in more than 35 years,” adding that the government will begin licensing cinemas immediately.

Over 150 injured in West Bank, Gaza protests

TULKARIM (APP):More than 150 Palestinians were injured in occupied West Bank and Gaza Strip after Israeli security forces dispersed the protests against the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.

In a statement the Palestine’s Red Crescent said a total of 157 people were injured during the clashes that took place in Ramallah, Tulkarim and Bethlehem cities, and Gaza Strip.

Israeli forces used tear gas, live ammunition and rubber bullets to disperse the protesters. 13 people were injured in Gaza and 144 others in various parts of West Bank, it said. Palestinian groups have called for fresh mass demonstrations across the West Bank and East Jerusalem on Saturday against the US recognition.

Since Friday, four Palestinians were martyred and hundreds injured in clashes as well as Israeli airstrikes in the Gaza Strip and West Bank since Friday. On Wednesday, Trump announced US recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and said the US Embassy would be relocated from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The dramatic shift in Washington’s Jerusalem policy triggered demonstrations in the occupied Palestinian territories and Muslim countries. Jerusalem remains at the heart of the Israel-Palestine conflict, with Palestinians hoping that East Jerusalem — now occupied by Israel might eventually serve as the capital of a future Palestinian state.