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Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales

Guatemala has opened its new embassy in Jerusalem, becoming the second country to do so after the United States, as global condemnation continued over the killing of dozens of Palestinian protesters by Israeli forces.

Netanyahu hailed the opening of Guatemala's embassy in Jerusalem as "the beginning of something extraordinary" in the relationship between the two countries.

Morales said his country, the United States and Israel "share friendship, courage and loyalty" at the opening.

Netanyahu said that this move goes "hand in hand" with opening two days ago of the US embassy in the capital. That move caused some tension because both Israel and Palestinians claim Jerusalem as their capital.

Israel has always claimed Jerusalem as its capital yet most countries opted to place their embassies in coastal Tel Aviv because of the holy city's contested status. It sees the entire city as its capital.

The Palestinians said they consider the participation a "grave violation of global law".

We will remind, in result of the riots on the administrative border of the Gaza strip killed 58 Palestinians, 2700 were wounded and injured. The United States opened its Jerusalem embassy in the southern Jerusalem's Arnona neighborhood on Monday. It was the bloodiest day in the Hamas-run enclave since a 2014 war with Israel.

Palestinians have been demonstrating on the Gaza frontier for the past six weeks, demanding a return to family land or homes lost to Israel when it was founded in the 1948 Middle East war.

Al Momani expalined that the decision of the government of Guatemala to transfer its embassy to occupied Jerusalem is a flagrant violation of worldwide law and United Nations resolutions, especially the recent General Assembly resolution, which rejected US President Donald Trump's recognition of Jerusalem as the capital of Israel. The outlet says a couple of other countries are considering a similar move.

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