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Guatemala moves Israeli embassy to Jerusalem as furore over killings continues

Guatemala moves Israeli embassy to Jerusalem as furore over killings continues

Following in the footsteps of the United States, Guatemala opened its embassy in Jerusalem Wednesday.

Netanyahu hailed the opening of Guatemala's embassy in Jerusalem as "the beginning of something extraordinary" in the relationship between the two countries. "You were the second country to recognise Israel", Netanyahu said at the ceremony, referring to its founding in 1948. Israel said all 86 countries with diplomatic missions in Israel were invited to the event, and 33 accepted.

Arab League Assistant Secretary-General Ambassador, Hossam Al Zaki, said the Arab League would convene Thursday to "discuss the emergence of a unified Arab stance against the crimes against the Palestinian people, as well as to confront the USA decision to transfer its embassy to the city of Jerusalem".

Turkey has expressed outrage over the killing by Israeli forces on Monday of 60 Palestinians during protests and clashes on the Gaza border and also blamed tensions on the USA decision to move its embassy for Israel to Jerusalem from Tel Aviv.

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And Al Jazeera reports Paraguay plans to move its embassy to Jerusalem by the end of May. The Trump administration has said the city's final borders should be decided by the parties.

The embassy move was accompanied by mass protests and clashes along the Gaza border that saw Israeli forces kill some 60 Palestinians. It was the bloodiest day in the Hamas-run enclave since a 2014 war with Israel.

Prior to 1980, Guatemala and a dozen other countries maintained embassies in Jerusalem.

The Palestinians, who seek Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem as their capital, strongly objected to the move of the US Embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.