Guatemala says it is moving embassy in Israel to Jerusalem

Nine protesters have died in clashes with Israeli troops two of them on Friday. Two others were killed in an Israeli air strike on Gaza earlier in the

The demonstrators were protesting Washington's decision to officially recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital, a move that sparked outrage and a wave of anti-American riots in some Arab and Muslim-majority countries.

Morales said in a brief post on his official Facebook page that he made the decision after speaking earlier in the day with Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Reuters reported.

The Palestinian foreign ministry on Monday slammed as "shameful" Guatemala's decision to transfer its embassy to Jerusalem after the United States recognised the city as the capital of Israel.

"Dear people of Guatemala, today I spoke with the prime minister of Israel, Benjamin Netanyahu. A second country did it and I repeat it: there will be others, it's just the start and it's important", Netanyahu said in a statement.

No other country has their embassy for Israel in Jerusalem, but there are reports that the Czech Republic and Romania are said to be considering such a move. Many governments have long said that the fate of Jerusalem must be resolved through negotiations.

The two nations are, along with El Salvador, in what is known as the Northern Triangle of Central America. Morales gave no timetable for when the Guatemalan embassy will move.

On Thursday, 128 countries defied Trump by backing a non-binding U.N. General Assembly resolution calling on the United States to drop its recognition of Jerusalem.

"Guatemala is historically pro-Israeli", he told a news conference in Guatemala City.

Morales's position has become fragile in recent months because of allegations of corruption against him being investigated by a special UN-backed body working with Guatemalan prosecutors.

Several significant U.S. allies abstained from the United Nations vote, among them Australia, Canada, Mexico and Poland.

Meanwhile, Palestinian authorities denounced the decision.

Several mainly Latin American countries had diplomatic missions in Jerusalem until a 1980 UN Security Council resolution condemning Israel's attempt to alter the "character and status" of the city, saying it was a barrier to peace.

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