Palestinians call Guatemala’s Jerusalem embassy move ‘shameful’

A general view shows the Dome of the Rock and Jerusalem's Old City. (Reuters)
Updated 25 December 2017
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Palestinians call Guatemala’s Jerusalem embassy move ‘shameful’

RAMALLAH, Palestinian Territories: The Palestinian foreign ministry on Monday slammed as “shameful” Guatemala’s decision to transfer its embassy to Jerusalem after the United States recognized the city as the capital of Israel.
“It’s a shameful and illegal act that goes totally against the wishes of church leaders in Jerusalem” and violates a non-binding UN General Assembly resolution condemning the US move, the ministry said in a statement.
“The state of Palestine considers this as a flagrant act of hostility against the inalienable rights of the Palestinian people and international law,” it said.
“The state of Palestine will act with regional and international partners to oppose this illegal decision.”
Guatemala’s announcement on Sunday came after two-thirds of UN member states approved a motion rejecting US President Donald Trump’s controversial decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
Guatemala was among only eight countries to join the United States on Thursday in voting against the resolution.
Trump’s announcement on December 6 sparked anger in the Palestinian territories and across the Muslim world.
Israel seized the eastern part of Jerusalem in the 1967 Six Day War and later annexed it in a move not recognized by the international community.
Israelis see the whole of the city as their undivided capital while the Palestinians view the east as the capital of their future state.
No country currently has its embassy in Jerusalem, instead keeping them in the Israeli commercial capital Tel Aviv.


Yemen’s army progresses against Houthi militia in Taiz

The Yemeni army and forces of the Popular Resistance gained controlled of the strategic military positions overlooking the district of Al-Rahdah, south of Taiz. (Reuters)
Updated 20 April 2018
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Yemen’s army progresses against Houthi militia in Taiz

The Yemeni army and forces of the Popular Resistance gained controlled of the strategic military positions overlooking the district of Al-Rahdah, south of Taiz on Friday.

Captain Mohammed al-Naqib, told the official Yemeni news agency that the second brigade of the national army was able, after heavy battles, to liberate the mountains overlooking Al-Rahdah from the control of the Houthi militia, who suffered heavy losses.

According to the military official, the forces managed to gain control of several mountains in the area that were controlled by Houthi militia during a military operation backed by air raids of the Saudi-led Arab coalition targeting militia positions.