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

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.


Sharjah reopens public beaches as country reports 3 days free of COVID-19 deaths

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Sharjah reopens public beaches as country reports 3 days free of COVID-19 deaths

  • The emirate’s National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Team urged people to follow all precautionary measures and maintain social distancing
  • The move comes as the UAE announced that it had tested more than 5 million people for the coronavirus

DUBAI: UAE’s Sharjah has reopened its public beaches as the country gradually eases its coronavirus restrictions, state news agency WAM reported.
The emirate’s National Emergency Crisis and Disaster Management Team urged people to follow all precautionary measures and maintain social distancing to prevent the spread of the virus.
The move comes as the UAE announced that it had tested more than 5 million people for the coronavirus, since the start of the pandemic.
There were 164 new cases recorded overnight, bringing the he total number of infections to 61,163, but government spokesman Omar Al-Hammadi said the recovery rate had increased to 90 percent.
The number of people to have recovered now stands at 54,863 after a further 248 patients  tested coronavirus free overnight – with no COVID-19 deaths recorded in the past three days.