Abbas praises worldwide condemnation of Trump Jerusalem announcement

Abbas praises worldwide condemnation of Trump Jerusalem announcement

A White House official responded by saying Pence "still intends to meet Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas along with other leaders and thinks any decision to pull out of the meeting would be counterproductive".

The decision has sparked unrest within the Palestinian community, which views east Jerusalem as the future capital of an independent Palestinian state.

The statement comes after an earlier announcement by Fatah Friday that Pence is unwelcome in Palestine, following President Donald Trump's decision to move the U.S. embassy in Israel to Jerusalem, acknowledging the disputed city as the Israeli capital.

Jibril Rajoub, a senior Fatah official, said Thursday that Pence was now "unwanted in Palestine".

Five European countries on the Security Council insisted the new USA policy was inconsistent with past resolutions, including one that declares east Jerusalem to be Israeli-occupied.

Israeli police said the protest was "illegal" and the Palestinian Red Crescent said 12 Palestinians were injured by shrapnel from grenades or by blows from police. The Arab League, in a statement issued after an emergency session in Cairo, called Trump's announcement a "dangerous violation of worldwide law" which had no legal impact and was void.

However, Palestinian protests on Saturday were less intense than on the previous two days.

In the Gaza Strip, mourners vented their anger at the funerals of two people killed during clashes at the border fence on Friday and the two Hamas militants killed early on Saturday.

Across the Arab and Muslim worlds, thousands more protesters had gathered to express solidarity.

PFLP supporters carried placards criticising Trump and Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, who has been seen as moving Saudi Arabia closer to Israel.

The embassy move breaks with decades of United States policy and risks igniting a "powder keg" in the Middle East region, analysts say.

In addition to announcing the U.S. would formally recognize Jerusalem as the Israeli capital, the president also announced plans to move the U.S. Embassy in Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

A Hamas source confirmed that the two men killed in the strikes belonged to the group, which urged Palestinians to keep up confrontation with Israeli forces.

About 60 Palestinian youths threw stones at Israeli soldiers across the Gaza-Israel border and the health ministry said one bystander was wounded by Israeli gunfire.

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