Washington: Hundreds of Palestinians protested in Gaza city on Wednesday against a possible move by the US to change the status quo of Jerusalem. The move by the US President also faced criticism from many countries, including China, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, Pakistan and Qatar.
The Palestinians shouted slogans against Donald Trump's potential move to declare Jerusalem as the capital of Israel or move the US embassy to the city, raising Palestinian flags and slogans saying "To Trump: Jerusalem is a Red Line" and "We shall protect Jerusalem with our souls and bodies".
Islamic Hamas movement senior figure Salah Al-Bardaweel told Xinhua during the march that this angry demonstration "is one step in a series of steps that we will launch alongside Arab and Islamic states against the US decision regarding Jerusalem."
He described the American moves on Jerusalem as "very dangerous on the Palestinian issue and an attack on our holy Quran, history,
heart and soul".
The Arab League also decided to hold an emergency meeting at the level of Foreign Ministers on Saturday to discuss the Arab action, MENA news agency reported.
The decision was made in response to Palestine's request that has been supported by Jordan too. Meanwhile, the US intended move also faced criticism from various countries.
China expressed concern and said it can lead to new confrontation.
China's Foreign Ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said at a press conference that the status of Jerusalem was very complicated and sensitive. Beijing was concerned that Washington's decision could "sharpen regional conflict", Efe news reported.
Saudi King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud told US President Donald Trump that an embassy relocation to Jerusalem is a "dangerous step" that would negatively affect and offend Muslims around the world.
The king said this during a phone call from President Trump, in which they discussed Jerusalem developments, Al Arabiya reported.
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani blasted his US counterpart's plan, saying it would not be tolerated.
Rouhani also spoke with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan by phone, describing Trump's announcement as "wrong, illegitimate, provocative and very dangerous", according to an account posted on the Iranian government's website.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has called on leaders of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (IOC) to convene in Istanbul on December 13 to discuss the matter.