Palestinians recall ambassadors from 4 European Union states over US Embassy celebration

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Guatemala opened an embassy in Jerusalem on Wednesday, two days after the US made the same move.

On Monday, the USA officially relocated its Israel embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem, drawing widespread condemnation and protest from across the Arab and Muslim world.

Guatemala will inaugurate its embassy in Jerusalem on Wednesday - with its President Jimmy Morales attending - hot on the heels of the U.S., while the government in Asuncion said Paraguay's embassy would switch to Jerusalem at the end of this month. You were always among the first.

The Jordanian government also denounced Guatemala for moving its embassy to Jerusalem.

Guatemala also followed the U.S.in May 1948 to be the second country to recognise Israel as capital of Jerusalem.

The European Union opposed the United States move of its embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

The status of Jerusalem is one of the thorniest obstacles to forging a peace deal between Israel and the Palestinians, who with broad global backing want East Jerusalem, captured by Israel in the 1967 Middle East war, as their capital.

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The Palestinians want east Jerusalem as the capital of their future state, and view the relocation of the embassy as a one-sided move that invalidates the U.S. as a peace broker in the region.

The European Union objected to the embassy move.

Since Monday, Israeli occupation forces have killed 65 Palestinians who were protesting against the embassy move in the besieged Gaza Strip and injured thousands more in Gaza and the occupied West Bank. He said he plans to visit the region by the end of the year. "They have rocket armament, personal armament and another kind of armament - their children and women".

Palestinian officials say the vast majority of the casualties have been unarmed protesters. It was the bloodiest day in the Hamas-run enclave since a 2014 war with Israel.

Israel has faced global criticism over its use of deadly force against demonstrators.

The Palestinian Foreign Ministry is recalling its ambassadors in Romania, Hungary, Austria and the Czech Republic, Reuters reported.

Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan dramatically ratcheted up his rhetoric this week over Gaza and the USA embassy move.

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