Guatemala opens embassy in Jerusalem, two days after US

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Guatemala Follows US, Opens Embassy in Jerusalem

Guatemala on Wednesday opened its embassy in Jerusalem, becoming the second country to do so.

Guatemalan President Jimmy Morales, a dedicated Christian, was on hand to personally inaugurate his nation's new embassy at the Malha Technology Park.

Guatemala is the second country to relocate embassy in Israel from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem after the USA move on Monday.

Hanan Ashrawi, a member of the Palestinian Liberation Organization's executive committee, also attacked Guatemala over the embassy opening, saying it will allow Israel to continue with the "total annexation and isolation of Palestinian Jerusalem".

"You were always among the first", he said at the ceremony.

Prior to 1980, Guatemala and a dozen other countries maintained embassies in Jerusalem.

Between 1954 and 1996, the Guatemalan juntas killed more than 200,000 people, 83 percent of which were Indigenous Mayans, with the assistance of the US and Israel.

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Morales arrived at the David Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv along with his wife, Patricia Marroquin, and was welcomed by the Guatemalan ambassador in Israel and the foreign minister Sandra Jovel, as well as Israeli foreign ministry officials.

Over 60 people, including several children, were killed and more than 2,700 others were injured in clashes between the Palestinians and Israeli forces. The move infuriated the Palestinians, who claim Israeli-annexed east Jerusalem as their capital. In Geneva, the United Nations human rights office said Israel has repeatedly violated global norms by using deadly live fire to repel protesters. "And we'd also like to see Israel Streets in Guatemala".

TRT World's correspondent Ediz Tiyansan reports from Guatemala.

Israel's violent reaction to the protesters drew global criticism and mounting calls for an investigation.

"This is the land of Jesus", he told reporters outside the embassy, praising the "wonderful" decision by President Jimmy Morales to move the Guatemalan embassy back to Jerusalem.

Paraguay said it will also relocate its embassy.

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