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Hamas criticizes US decision to move embassy to Jerusalem in May

Saturday 24/February/2018 - 11:32 AM
Sada El Balad
Sada ElBalad- Basant Ahmed
The US State Department said on Friday that the United States is planning to open its embassy to Israel in Jerusalem in May.

Palestinian Hamas' spokesman Abdel Latif al-Qanoua criticized on Saturday the decision، saying it would not legitimize the actions of occupier Israel and change the historical status and identity of Jerusalem.

The decision is a flagrant violation of international law، he added.

US president Trump administration will open a small U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem in May to coincide with the 70th anniversary of Israel's declaration of independence، a State Department official said Friday.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson approved preliminary security plans for a limited contingent، including the ambassador، David Friedman، and a skeleton staff، to move into a section of the American Consulate in the Arnona neighborhood of Jerusalem، said Steven Goldstein، the under-secretary for public diplomacy and public affairs.

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