Following US lead, Guatemala moves embassy to Jerusalem

Following US lead, Guatemala moves embassy to Jerusalem

Following US lead, Guatemala moves embassy to Jerusalem

By the time the embassy's opening ceremonies were underway, tens of thousands of Palestinians had gathered to protest the change at the border fence separating Israel from Gaza.

As previously reported, Hamas and Islamic Jihad openly mourned the dozens of their members who were killed.

Two million people live in the narrow strip, most stateless descendants of refugees who fled or were driven out of homes in Israel at the time of its founding.

Joseph Levine, a philosophy professor at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an organizer of the event for Jewish Voice for Peace Western Mass, said that as a Jewish-American he feels doubly responsible for standing up against Israel's violent behavior against Palestine. "This was an organized mob of terrorists organized by Hamas", said Israeli Foreign Ministry spokesman Emmanuel Nahshon. That percentage might be higher, as it is based on confirmed identifications of terror group membership.

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The embassy move aggravated the conflict between Palestinians and Israel.

Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan said on Wednesday that the United Nations had "collapsed" in the face of events in Gaza, accusing the global community of failing to react.

Israel and Egypt, citing security concerns, maintain a de facto blockade on Gaza that has reduced its economy to a state of collapse during more than a decade of Hamas rule and repeated war with Israel.

"They control the Gaza Strip, and everything that happens there goes through them". Some burned tires, hurled rocks and Molotov cocktails, floated incendiary kites, and attempted to destroy border fencing.

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Israel and militants in Gaza have fought three wars since 2008. Hamas sent all the trucks back.

Jason Greenblatt, Mr Trump's Middle East peace envoy, said on Twitter that "taking the long-overdue step of moving our embassy is not a departure from our strong commitment to facilitate a lasting peace deal. Make no mistake, Hamas is pleased with the results from yesterday".

The Israeli military also released a video of civilians claiming that Hamas had forced people to rush the border wall toward Israel.

"The responsibility for these tragic deaths rests squarely with Hamas", Shah said.

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In response, an IDF tank fired on a Hamas military position in the northern Gaza Strip, the military said.

Speaking alongside Mrs May as the talks began, Mr Erdogan accused the United States of laying the foundations for the "horrible massacre" by fulfilling President Donald Trump's promise to move its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

When Trump announced the move of the embassy in December last year-in accordance with the Jerusalem Embassy Relocation Act passed in 1995-he said that specific boundaries of Israeli sovereignty in Jerusalem are subject to final negotiations.

While South Africa and Turkey recalled their ambassadors to Israel because of the USA decision that has been widely criticised by its Western allies, some African countries sent representatives to witness the official opening of the embassy in disputed Jerusalem.

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