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Palestinians withdraw envoy to US over Israel embassy move

AFP  |  Ramallah 

Palestinian withdrew his top to the today, the foreign ministry announced, a day after the US moved its to

Husam Zomlot, the of the Palestine Liberation Organization's office in Washington, would return to the Palestinian territories Wednesday, the statement said. It did not say how long Zomlot, the most senior Palestinian in Washington, would be withdrawn for.

The Palestinians reacted furiously to Donald Trump's December announcement recognising as Israel's capital and moving his country's embassy there from

They consider the eastern part of their capital and countries have long kept their embassies in Tel Aviv, saying the future of the holy city was an issue to be negotiated between the Israelis and Palestinians.

The date of Monday's embassy opening also angered Palestinians, coming the day before they commemorate their mass displacement in the 1948 war surrounding the creation of

The welcomed the embassy move, which coincided with

The event was overshadowed by mass protests along the border in which Israeli fire killed 60 Palestinians.

The foreign ministry statement did not refer to the deaths, only the embassy move.

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First Published: Wed, May 16 2018. 00:50 IST