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Palestinians recall envoys to 4 EU nations after US embassy move

AFP  |  Ramallah (Palestinian Territories) 

The has recalled its envoys to Romania, the Czech Republic, and after their attended an Israeli reception marking the US embassy's move to Jerusalem, it said today.

The statement from the PA's foreign ministry said the EU nations' had attended the reception on Sunday, a day before the US opened its embassy in

The embassy move and Washington's recognition of as the capital of has deeply angered Palestinians, who see the Israeli-annexed eastern sector of the city as the capital of their future state.

The ministry "sees this participation as a grave breach of international law and resolutions which confirm that has been occupied since 1967 and ban countries from moving their embassies there," the statement said.

"The recalls are to consult with our to these states about their positions and their commitment to the EU's positions." Palestinian on Tuesday withdrew his top to

The opposed the US move of its embassy from to Jerusalem.

The embassy move was accompanied by mass protests and clashes along the border that saw Israeli forces kill some 60 Palestinians.

has faced international criticism over its use of live fire against demonstrators.

It says its actions are necessary to defend the border and stop mass infiltrations from the Palestinian enclave, which is run by Islamist movement

Jerusalem's status is perhaps the thorniest issue in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

Israel occupied the and east Jerusalem in 1967 and later annexed east Jerusalem in a move never recognised by the international community. It sees the entire city as its capital.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 19:40 IST